Upload chat history to "clone" yourself, this startup made the first episode of "Black Mirror" come true
If you upload your own chat history and voice files, you can "clone" your real self. Would you like it?
In the American drama "Black Mirror" which premiered ten years ago, the first episode is titled "Be Right Back". The story tells the story of the heroine's boyfriend who unfortunately passed away in a car accident. At the funeral, her friend told her that there was a software It can collect all the information about a person during his lifetime, thereby simulating an almost perfect conversational function during his lifetime.
Eventually, the heroine agreed to "clone" his deceased boyfriend's personality by analyzing the content of his late boyfriend's social media and text messages, and even received a simulated male hero's body.
Even ten years ago, the content setting of this episode did not seem so ridiculous, because at that time many people had already left a large amount of digital content and communication records using smartphones and computers.
But today, the plot of that year can be realized in reality, at least in digital form.
Just 4 documents to "clone" yourself
Recently, a US start-up company called Delphi announced that it had received US$2.7 million in funding and launched a new AI digital cloning service.
Users only need to upload at least four documents containing their communication content, and up to thousands of audio files including emails, chat logs, YouTube videos, podcasts or voicemails, and Delphi will create an AI for them The chatbot mimics his personality and writing style as closely as possible. At the same time, Delphi cooperates with voice cloning startup ElevenLabs to make the simulated voice intonation more realistic.
After uploading these corpus, users can deploy the AI clone to their website or Slack, or even bind it to a mobile phone number to answer calls on their behalf.
Additionally, Delphi attempts to recreate the unique thought processes of a user's brain in an AI clone, allowing the AI clone to some extent provide what it believes to be the user's response to a given prompt.
"We definitely want to be more optimistic than Black Mirror and see the optimistic side of this technology rather than the scary side," said Delphi founder and CEO Ladjevardian.
Similarly, some investors are optimistic about Delphi's work: The new funding round was led by Keith Rabois, CEO of OpenStore and general partner of Founders Fund, and included angel investors People include the founders of AngelList, EightSleep and Soylent.
Among them, Keith Labois has cloned himself, as shown below.
From celebrities to loved ones, you can clone anyone
If you're not interested or even worried about cloning a virtual version of yourself, Delphi can also be used to clone other people. Currently, the company has not restricted users' ability to create clones of anyone they want without permission.
In other words, if a girl is obsessed with her ex-boyfriend, she can use her past chat records and other information to clone an ex. At least she can communicate with her "ex" by voice when she is no longer around.
In addition, Delphi also allows users to clone celebrities such as the late Steve Jobs or the still-living Elon Musk if massive amounts of relevant data are extracted from the Internet.
It is reported that Delphi has even cloned Warren Buffett for its internal use. "If (Buffett) told me, 'Take this off,' I would take it off, and I would respect him," the Delphi founder said.
In fact, Delphi has used its AI software to clone many famous figures - Steve Jobs; Jeff Bezos, Robert Oppenheimer, Estee Lauder, Socrates, Lao Tzu and Aristotle, and all living and deceased U.S. presidents, among others.
However, while Delphi previously allowed early users to converse with these cloned celebrities during its beta launch, it appears they are no longer publicly available online.
As for other people's behavior of cloning relatives, exes, or impersonating celebrities to deceive or commit crimes, the Delphi founder admitted: "We have no precautions against this, so we must solve this problem on a large scale."
Currently, Delphi has received a deletion request from the famous doctor and podcast host Peter Attia, and has deleted the unapproved artificial intelligence clone accordingly.
A touching story about wanting to talk to my late grandfather
The idea for Delphi began with founder Ladjevardian’s sincere desire to reconnect with his late grandfather.
When OpenAI released the GPT-3 large language model in the summer of 2020, Rajvardian was working as a software engineer at C3 AI, an enterprise-focused artificial intelligence software application platform company with customers in the government and oil and gas industries.
"I was thinking, 'Wow, this is really going to change everything,'" Rajvardian recalled. "So I should dedicate my life to it because I think there's going to be a lot of opportunity here."
Since then, Rajvardian quit his job at C3 AI and founded his first company, Friday, an artificial intelligence-based shopping assistant that provides people with product recommendations in the form of conversations.
At the time, he was reading a book about his grandfather and found it enlightening, but Rajvardian still desperately wished he could actually talk to his grandfather about his experience and ask him questions. So by leveraging GPT-3, Rajvardian "created a clone of his grandfather using his book and considered him my own personal mentor as I built it."
The experiment worked, at least on a personal level. Rajvardian sold the startup and made his first fortune, then moved to Miami to work for Rabois' OpenStore. There, he relied on Rabois as a mentor to continually develop ideas and techniques for digital artificial intelligence cloning, culminating in the creation of Delphi.
Talk to yourself
For those who, like Rajvardian, are looking for guidance in their lives, using AI to create clones to serve as personal mentors is a great idea, but how can it scale into a commercial business?
In this regard, Rajvardian and Delphi employees firmly believe that there is a market for this kind of service. He said: "We focus on helping coaches, creators, experts, politicians, CEOs and other people expand their influence. , and make yourself available to others.”
Delphi has not yet publicly outlined its pricing structure, but Rajvardian has said it would consider a monthly subscription fee, with additional charges for adding voice capabilities and dedicated phones.
More than 100 people have now created digital clones of themselves in Delphi's closed beta, including Grammy Award-winning producer Illmind, whose clones provide text-based responses as well as normal career and life guidance to create.
Of course, Rajvardian also cloned himself and even had audio conversations with his clone. "I called myself and talked to myself for 10 minutes, and it was weirdly therapeutic," he said.