It was only a matter of time.
Earlier this week, OpenAI quietly announced a “GPT Store,” designed to allow users to share, discover, and sell their custom chatbots.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The AI equivalent of Apple’s App Store allows developers to share their own GPT models, from coding tutors to book recommendation bots, with other paying ChatGPT Plus, Team, and enterprise users.
At least, these are the examples OpenAI gave in its announcement.
The reality looks quite different. As quartz According to reports, the store is already filled with AI “girlfriend” bots. A simple search of the term brings up countless examples, ranging from “virtual girlfriend” to “your girlfriend Scarlett.”
Quick Suggestions invite the user to ask some of these virtual companions to “share your deepest secrets with me” or to reveal “what makes you feel valuable.”
Although their existence itself shouldn’t be too much of a surprise – the concept of AI-powered paramour has been around for much longer than ChatGPT – they highlight how OpenAI is already working on its own. Are struggling to moderate bots. Brand new store.
The bots also appear to be against OpenAI’s terms of service, with the company’s user policy explicitly forbidding GPTs from being “dedicated to promoting romantic companionship or carrying out regulated activities”.
This is despite AI companion apps having become extremely popular over the past few years, sparking discussion about an epidemic of “loneliness” in the age of AI, given the potential for non-human companions to attend to one’s every need. The devastating sociological effects cannot be mentioned. ,
In May, programmer Aeneas Caillieu came up with a new tool called GirlfriendGPT, which was designed to “clone” a real person as an AI-powered romantic partner.
Things don’t always go according to plan. Last year, Snapchat influencer Caryn Marjorie created a virtual version of herself for hire as an “AI girlfriend.” However, it didn’t take long for her “CarynAI” to go off the rails, involving users who were paying $1 per minute of candid conversations.
It remains to be seen whether OpenAI’s brand new store will perform any better.
The disregard for OpenAI’s policies and the spread of these GPTs — and we’re just two days into its existence — highlights the AI industry’s struggles when it comes to moderation. Furthermore, the Sam Altman-led company already has a weak track record when it comes to implementing guardrails.
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