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Director from CAII warns SnapChat users about AI feature, but predicts bright future for the tech

Alyssa Patrick May 3, 2023 – WAND News


Artificial intelligence seems to be popping up everywhere. For SnapChat users, a new My AI feature allows people to chat, send pictures and get questions answered.

“We are really in the beginning of something huge that is going to happen over the course of the next few years,” Volodymyr Kindratenko, Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation, told WAND News. Kindratenko is a Professor at the University of Illinois and works for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

The My AI feature has had mixed reviews, and experts like Kindratenko say users should be cautious when interacting with the new technology.

In just a few weeks, some users have already been concerned with the chatbot tracking location and data.

Kindratenko said the tech is based on the same model as Chat GPT.

“There are plenty of opportunities for this thing not to work as originally intended, this is a very brand new technology. We are only in the very beginning of exploring what this technology is capable of doing,” Kindratenko explained.

He said the technology’s biggest hurdle is sourcing accurate information.

“It is prone to provide factually incorrect answers, answers that people may be offended by in some ways, simply because this technology is not developed that well yet,” Kindratenko added.

He said users should be cautious with sharing personal information with the chatbot.

“Be careful to the same degree, because you just don’t know exactly what’s on the other end of it,” Kindratenko indicated.

But as AI improves, he said it could be a critical tool to improve our lives.

“There is so much that needs to be done for this technology to evolve to become mature, to become responsive, responsible and ethical,” Kindratenko added.

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