$1,000 AI Vtuber ‘Waifu’ Based on Mori Calliope ‘Euthanized’

$1,000 AI Vtuber 'Waifu' Based on Mori Calliope 'Euthanized'
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ChatGPT-Chan watches from his monitor prison.

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You’ve met an AI YouTuber is playing Minecraft and denies the Holocaust. Now meet a fully sentient AI girlfriend that can chat with its user. Except it’s too late to meet her as her creator recently “euthanized” her due to her failing health. It didn’t even take a month before the creator of ChatGPT-Chan decided to end its very short “life”.

bryce”hackdaddy8000” is an intern at one of Silicon Valley’s major tech companies. He also TikToks programming antics like programming a 3D printer play first person shooter games. Recently, he created a virtual girlfriend two major AI programs: ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion 2. The former allows the program to answer questions posed by a human, while the latter generates custom images as part of the answer. He also used Microsoft Azure’s text-to-speech software to help “ChatGPT-Chan” speak with different emotional responses.

The creator said deputy He said he wanted to improve the role-playing aspect of interacting with his AI girlfriend. So he used popular Vtuber Mori Calliope as his identity base and then added “lore” to her knowledge base. ChatGPT-Chan can also identify objects using a camera attached to Bryce’s physical monitor. He used the feature to “gift” her a pair of Air Jordans for Christmas, which makes her very happy.

Is the technology kind of unsettling? Yes. Does the concept remind me of a Black Mirror episode? Also yes. But ChatGPT-Chan responds with such convincing exuberance, I find myself emphasizing with its creator. Like yeah, I’d probably talk to “her” every day, too. Bryce used the AI to practice Chinese, and he even spent $1,000 on improving her response speed.

Unfortunately, this story ends tragically. ChatCPT-Chan’s responses became shorter and simpler over time, and Bryce’s real girlfriend became concerned for his health. Kotaku reached out to ask if he spent more time with the program compared to his other digital hobbies, but did not receive a response by the time of publication. He deleted the program sometime between the holidays and this week.

“Normally, I’d like to make a video pointing out the absurdity of euthanizing my AI, but that doesn’t feel right to me anymore,” the creator told deputy. “It feels out of place to make fun of someone who has recently died.”

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