AI is coming to WhatsApp – you can use a virtual assistant and chat with celebrity avatars! -CCM

WhatsApp relies on artificial intelligence! Its generative AI features allow you to create personalized images, use a virtual assistant like ChatGPT, but also chat with prominent chatbos!

Like many popular applications, WhatsApp will use artificial intelligence (AI). Meta’s famous instant messaging will in fact be equipped with several functions based on generative AI, such as those offered by tools such as ChatGPT, DALL-E or Midjourney. Mark Zuckerberg’s company announced this at the Meta Connect conference this week. “We are increasingly interested in the possibilities of generative AI and how it can not only entertain us, but also help us become more creative and productive, all by sending a simple message,” explains Meta in his blog post. “WhatsApp is home to many conversations and we are committed to making this new technology accessible to as many people around the world as possible.” And it is now starting to roll out three features, initially to a small number of users next week be tested before they are used on a larger scale.

The first feature, AI Stickers, lets you generate personalized stickers directly from the WhatsApp conversation interface to enrich exchanges with fun little images. In practice, all you have to do is enter a description of the desired result – for example, “Pizza while playing basketball” or “Happy raccoon on a motorcycle” – and the AI ​​will generate a corresponding sticker.

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Likewise, the Photorealistic Image Creation feature lets you create images from scratch that represent a place, person, or idea from a short text description, such as “A cat on a surfboard.”

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But the most impressive feature is undoubtedly the ability to chat with a chatbot, Meta AI. A real personal assistant, this conversation robot allows you to ask questions on any topic at any time or even start a debate in a group discussion. Using Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, Meta AI can access information on the Internet in real time and give you a cooking recipe and recommend a customized hiking route.

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Better yet, WhatsApp won’t settle for the submissive meta-AI assistant. The publisher has therefore planned 28 more very special chatbots, because they are based on prominent personalities: the YouTuber MrBeast, who plays a mocking big brother, the rapper Snoop Dogg, who acts as a dungeon master to play text roles in games, but also Paris Hilton, Tom Brady, Kendall Jenner and Naomi Osaka. Everyone lends their faces to these “virtual butts,” but Meta plans to use their voices as well by next year.

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Note that most of these AI features will also be integrated into Meta’s other major apps, namely Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. However, you will have to be patient to use them as they will initially only be available in beta form and only in the USA.