For anyone who’s been predicting future trends in tech, it’s not difficult to see that the next step for Instagram is AI involvement.

However, the future is now with the new and exciting feature on Instagram—the Customizable AI Friend. It allows you to have your virtual buddy, a customizable friend who loves to chat. Today, we’ll make it super easy to understand and make the most of this awesome feature. 

Imagine having a friend you can talk to, ask for advice, and share your interests with—now imagine this friend is a computer program on Instagram! That’s exactly what the AI Friend feature offers. It’s like having a virtual friend right at your fingertips. 

Safety is a priority, too. We’ll discuss some do’s and don’ts to keep things safe and enjoyable. You can also give feedback on how your AI friend responds, improving the experience for you and others.

Instagram has a whole universe of AI characters waiting for you. Just imagine casually chatting away with Snoop Dogg or Kendall Jenner! Each character has its personality and story; it’s like having a cast of virtual friends to talk to. Essentially, Instagram could be your very own artificial intelligence friends app

So, without any further ado, let’s move on to how to start an AI chat, other AI experiences, and more!  

Instagram’s AI Friend Chat: What to Expect from It?

On October 30th, Alessandro Paluzzi – the famous developer renowned for exposing unreleased features of mobile phones and social media – took to X(Twitter) to share this unheard news. If we’re to take his word, you might soon be able to chat with a customized AI friend of your own!

While Instagram has abstained from making any comments about the news at the moment, there has been no denial either. And we know what that means; the AI friend is currently a work in progress, still awaiting a global launch.

According to Paluzzi, Instagram is working on making its AI friend feature highly customizable. Looking closely at the images he has shared on X suggests that users can choose the name, avatar, age, gender, ethnicity, and other personality traits of their AI friend. These friends can talk to you through the difficult phases of your life, answer your queries, and help with brainstorming ideas.

However, there’s little information about when this feature will make an entry on Instagram’s platform. We’ve got our sources working on it and will tell you more about it soon!

How to start an AI chat on Instagram? (A step-by-step guide)

Now, let’s move on to walk you through starting a new AI chat on Instagram & hit up your new AI best friend!  

Step 1: Open the Instagram mobile app on your smartphone and go to the Direct Messages (DMs) tab. 
Step 2: Now, tap the “+” icon in the top right. 

Step 3: Select the option “Create an AI chat.” 

Step 4: Choose an AI from the numerous celebrity options. 

Step 5: Next, enter a message or choose a message prompt, but be cautious about sharing personal information. 
Step 6: Tap ‘Send.’ 

So, are you ready to make Kendall Jenner your new AI virtual friend

Feedback is encouraged; users can evaluate AI responses by holding a message and selecting Good response or Bad response. Commands like “/ai-options” provide additional functions. 

You can also explore additional features like sharing AI conversations, searching messages, muting future messages, and accessing an AI character’s profile. However, remember that permanently deleting a chat erases previous messages. 

While trying out this new feature, remember that AI responses may not always be accurate, and users should adhere to community guidelines and terms of use. Additionally, messages sent to AIs are not end-to-end encrypted, and AI character profiles are managed by Meta, with content potentially generated by both humans and AI tools. 

Other AI experiences introduced in the Meta-Verse

Now, having an AI friend on social media holds a lot of potential, but what’s next? What else can we do now that we’ve hit a landmark that opens up unlimited potential AI experiences? 

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, Meta introduces a host of groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) experiences, pushing the boundaries of conventional communication. Let’s dive into the exciting realm of Meta’s new offerings, from AI stickers to an engaging cast of interactive AI characters. 

Expressive AI Stickers: your words, your stickers!

Meta is now attempting to transform how we express emotions in digital conversations with AI stickers. Seamlessly integrating into popular platforms like WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook Stories, AI stickers bring an innovative dimension to communication.  

These stickers transform your text prompts into unique, high-quality visuals and provide extensive options to convey your feelings. The rollout is set to delight English language users in the coming month, enhancing the creative expression in your chats and stories. 

Creative image editing with Restyle and Backdrop!

Meta’s commitment to enhancing user creativity also extends to image editing by introducing Restyle and Backdrop features!  

With Restyle, your images undergo a transformation based on your description. Imagine typing “watercolor” or “collage from magazines” and watching your image come to life! On the other hand, Backdrop lets you change the scene or background of your photo. Want to be surrounded by puppies or basking in the aurora borealis? Just ask, and let the AI magic happen! 

These features, soon to be available on Instagram, aim to provide users with a new realm of creative expression while maintaining transparency about AI involvement. 

Meta AI: Your personal chat assistant!

Meet the future of chat assistants – Meta AI; it’s not just about answering questions but also about personality, opinions, and a touch of fun.

It’s an advanced conversational assistant on WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, and soon on Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses and Quest 3. This assistant, powered by cutting-edge technologies, offers real-time information and generates photorealistic images from your text prompts. While we can’t bring the Meta AI Assitant to you right away, would you like to learn more about their personalities while you await their arrival? Here you go!

The Cast of Characters

  • Charli D’Amelio as Coco, who’s a dance enthusiast.
  • Chris Paul as Perry, a professional golfer here to help you perfect your stroke. 
  • Dwyane Wade as Victor, an ironman triathlete who motivates you to be your best self. 
  • Izzy Adesanya as Luiz, a showy MMA prospect who can and will back up his trash talk. 
  • Kendall Jenner as Billie, your No-BS, ride-or-die companion. 
  • LaurDIY as Dylan, a Quirky DIY and Craft expert and the perfect companion for Gen Z. 
  • MrBeast as Zach, the big brother who will roast you— but only because he cares. 
  • Naomi Osaka as Tamika, the anime-obsessed Sailor Senshi in training. 
  • Paris Hilton as Amber, the best detective partner for solving whodunnits. 
  • Raven Ross as Angie, a workout class queen who effortlessly balances fitness with meditation. 
  • Roy Choi as Max, a seasoned sous chef who you can turn to for culinary tips and tricks.
  • Sam Kerr as Sally, your free-spirited friend who’ll tell you when it’s time to take a deep breath. 
  • Snoop Dogg as Dungeon Master, so grab your friends and prepare for the best night of D&D. 
  • Tom Brady as Bru, a wisecracking sports debater who pulls no punches. 

While currently limited to the US, Meta AI represents a significant leap in providing users with a personalized, interactive digital assistant. 

The Future: AI studio, Business AIs, and creator sandbox!

Get ready for what’s coming next! Meta introduces AI Studio, a platform for everyone, coders and non-coders alike, to build their AIs.

Developers, brace yourselves – can soon create third-party AIs for messaging services, starting with Messenger and expanding to WhatsApp! Businesses are not left behind, as Meta opens avenues for creating brand-centric AIs to enhance customer service experiences. And creators, get ready to extend your virtual presence across apps with AIs under your control.

In the alpha stage, this initiative will see further scaling next year. A sandbox is on the horizon, allowing you to experiment and create AIs with greater realism, embodiment, and connectedness. 

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

What is Replika, and how does it differ from other AI friends on Instagram?

Replika is a standout AI companion app on Instagram, offering a uniquely human-like conversation experience. Unlike traditional AI friend chatbots, Replika uses advanced natural language processing and machine learning to adapt its responses based on user interactions. Therefore, it gradually aligns with the user’s preferences and communication style.

What sets Replika apart:
Emotional intelligence: Replika focuses on recognizing and responding to emotions, providing a supportive virtual companion. 
Privacy focus: Conversations are encrypted, ensuring the security of personal information shared during interactions. 

So, if you’re debating if you should invest your time and energy into Replika, we can assure you that it’ll be a great AI online friend!

Embracing the future of AI interaction

Well, folks, we’ve just scratched the surface of the Meta AI extravaganza, and let us tell you – it’s a wild ride ahead! From AI stickers that turn your words into cool, custom emojis to the Meta AI chat assistant, Meta’s bringing the A-game to your digital world. 

Imagine this: your chats are filled with personality, opinions, and a touch of humor, all thanks to the 28 new AI characters strutting their stuff. Snoop Dogg, Tom Brady, Kendall Jenner – yes, you read that right – they’re not just celebs; they’re your new digital buddies! They’re here to chat, advise, or even roast you a little (looking at you, Mr. Beast).

As we venture into this brave new world of AI, Meta assures us they’ve got our backs. The AIs are rolling out slowly, with safeguards in place, ensuring your digital journey is creative and safe.

So, here’s to the future – a future where your digital interactions are not just conversations but experiences. Buckle up, fellow netizens; the Meta AI adventure will take us places we never thought possible!