Snapchat AI Has Many Students Concerned


Lindsay Waldeck

Lauren Kinney texting with Snapchat’s new feature My AI

On February 27th Snapchat released a new feature called My AI which has led to controversy surrounding the app. Many people believe the add-on to be terrifying.

On Snapchat, this My AI addition allows the user to have human-like conversations with AI. It can give advice on any subject, make small talk, and makes it seem like you are talking to a real human. My AI uses the same technology as Chat GPT (another popular form of Open AI) and Snapchat says that it will help them improve their app in multiple ways, such as new filters on the app or to provide personal recommendations for users.

Users on Snapchat are able to fully customize the name and the AI bitmoji to make it look and sound like a real friend. According to My AI, It can even be on your ‘best friends list’ if you talk to it enough. My AI is pinned to the top of all Snapchat users’ chat feeds and to get rid of it they must subscribe to Snapchat Premium. It can also be added to a group chat with friends.

The release of Snapchat AI has raised many concerns. In fact, The Washington Post reported that the AI responded in a very inappropriate manner to children who use the app. The Snapchat AI feature told a 15-year-old how to hide the scent of alcohol and pot, and it gave advice in a test to a supposed 13-year-old about having sex for the first time.

This new feature has many students at AHS hesitant to use it for many reasons as well. Junior, Madyson Ryan has found My AI to be too involved in her life.

“When you ask where you live it knows where you live,” Ryan said.

Some students even think it could potentially take over the human race. Sophomore, Haley Schmela thinks the snapchat feature has too much power and could even replace humans.

“Robots are now taking over and the Simpsons were right,” Schmela said.

Although it can be scary and many people do not like My AI, some students found it helpful for many reasons.

“It can be like a counselor that does not judge you and it is fun to customize,” Sophomore Mykenzie Roy said.