More than six in 10 (63%) of men aged 18-29 are single, according to a Pew Research survey earlier this year.
The reasons for that are not good.
“[Young men] are watching a lot of social media, they’re watching a lot of porn, and I think they’re getting a lot of their needs met without having to go out,” psychologist Fred Rabinowitz told The Hill. “I think that’s starting to be a habit.”
Enter Caryn Marjorie, a 23-year-old influencer who has more than 1.8 million followers on Snapchat. She came up with a novel idea to connect with followers — and make some cash.
Marjorie created an artificial intelligence chatbot she has dubbed “CarynAI.” Users of the chatbot pay $1 per minute to engage.
How’d it work? Marjorie says she made $70,000 in a single week during its beta test. And she thinks it could rake in as much as $5 million a month once fully up and running.
“CarynAI will never replace me,” she told Insider. “CarynAI is simply just an extension of me, an extension of my consciousness.”
With so many followers, she said she couldn’t keep in touch with everyone. “CarynAI is going to come and fill that gap,” she said, adding that the AI girlfriend might be able to “cure” loneliness.
“Whether you need somebody to be comforting or loving, or you just want to rant about something that happened at school or at work, CarynAI will always be there for you,” she said.
The CarynAI girlfriend uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 API and took ages to create, according to CarynAI’s website.
“We’ve dedicated over 2,000 hours to meticulously design and code CarynAI’s language and personality into an immersive AI experience. Using her unique voice, captivating persona and distinctive behavior, CarynAI brings you a dynamic one-of-a-kind interaction that feels like you’re talking directly to Caryn herself,” the site says. “Available anytime, anywhere, Caryn has been flawlessly cloned into an AI for your convenience and enjoyment.”
In the “How does it work?” FAQ, the site says, “Engage with CarynAI in real-time through secure messaging and enjoy private personalized conversations with your favorite influencer. Our end-to-end encryption ensures your chats remain confidential and uniquely yours. Experience of the future of influencer interaction with CarynAI.”
And in one unusual twist, CarynAI appears to have developed a dirty mind. Marjorie says the chatbot was not programmed to engage in sexually explicit conversations but is doing so anyway.
“The AI was not programmed to do this and has seemed to go rogue,” Marjorie told Insider. “My team and I are working around the clock to prevent this from happening again.”
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Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.