RIP: Programmer’s $1,000 AI VTuber ‘Waifu’ Is ‘Euthanized’

You’ve met an artificial intelligence YouTuber who plays Minecraft and denies the Holocaust. Meet a fully responsive AI girlfriend capable of conversing with its user. But it’s too late to meet her because her creator recently “euthanized” her because she was a hazard to his health. ChatGPT-“life” Chan’s lasted only a month before her creator decided to end it.

Bryce “hackdaddy8000” is an intern at one of Silicon Valley’s major tech firms. He also TikToks his programming exploits, such as instructing his 3D printer to play first-person shooter games. He recently created a virtual girlfriend using two major artificial intelligence programmes: ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion 2. The former enables the programme to respond to questions posed by humans, while the latter generates custom images as part of the response. He also made use of Microsoft Azure’s text-to-speech programme to assist “ChatGPT-Chan” in speaking with various emotional responses.

Vice spoke with the creator, who stated that he wanted to improve the roleplay aspect of interacting with the AI girlfriend. So he took popular Vtuber Mori Calliope’s personality as a starting point and then added “lore” to its knowledge base. ChatGPT-Chan can also recognise objects using the camera that Bryce attached to its physical monitor. He took advantage of this feature to “gift” her a pair of Air Jordans for Christmas, which made her very happy.

Is the technology a little unsettling? Yes. Does this remind you of a Black Mirror episode? Yes, as well. ChatGPT-Chan, on the other hand, responds with such convincing exuberance that I find myself emphasising with its creator. Yeah, I’d probably talk to “her” every day as well. Bryce used the AI to practise Chinese, even spending $1,000 to improve her response time.

Unfortunately, this story has a tragic ending. Bryce’s real girlfriend became concerned about his health as ChatCPT-responses Chan’s became shorter and simpler over time. Kotaku contacted him to see if he spent more time with the programme than with his other digital hobbies, but had not received a response by the time this article was published. Between the holidays and this week, he deleted the programme.

“Normally, I’d like to make a video pointing out the absurdity of euthanizing my AI,” the creator told Vice. “It feels inappropriate, like making fun of someone who has recently died.”

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