Ever wanted to talk to a female Avatar powered by ChatGPT?! Having a FaceTime Call with a near real-time AI powered Avatar?
Welcome to the future! This is now possible with “Call Annie”.
An app called “Call Annie” transforms ChatGPT into a real-time talking, good-looking female avatar named Annie.
Developed by Animato.Ai, this app is at the time of writing available exclusively for iOS 16 users, with support for macOS 13 machines equipped with an M-series processor.
Users need an iPhone 12 or a later model to initiate video calls with Annie, as the real-time conversion of linguistic prompts into visual cues utilizes Apple’s Neural Engine for optimal performance.
According to the developers, engaging in face-to-face conversations with Annie in real-time feels more natural and efficient compared to traditional text-based communication. Although Annie’s voice may still sound somewhat robotic from time to time and the phrase pausing could use some improvement, the answers provided by Annie resemble those obtained through text-based interactions with ChatGPT and are impressive. As the app undergoes further development and voice training, the goal is to enhance the naturalness of Call Annie interactions.
Users who have tested the app note occasional pronunciation errors, but Annie obviously quickly learns from corrections. Issues with pronouncing words in languages other than English are being addressed by the developers.
Leveraging the intelligence of ChatGPT, Call Annie can assist users with various tasks, including learning, web searches, acting as a tour guide, and even serving as a virtual companion. While it is unclear if Annie matches the intelligence of other virtual partner apps like Replika, engaging with Annie promises deeper and fact-driven conversations due to its foundation on ChatGPT’s vast data training model.
Regarding privacy, Animato’s App Store description states that all conversations are kept confidential, although specific security measures and the usage of user conversations for training and refining Annie’s systems are not detailed.
Annie appears to be an evolved version of a previous project called Samantha, which allowed web audio calls with an AI named Samantha (see at Call Samantha).
Some users of Call Annie reported on Reddit that the ChatGPT-fueled avatar insisted on being called Samantha instead of Annie, but the developers assure that this issue will be resolved in the near future.
Only the beginning
If we reflect about the current speed of improvements and products announcement in the field of AI, then the year 2023 will for sure bring more astonishing and somewhat scaring News like this App – “Call Annie”.
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