January 20, 2023
A NEW AI-powered chatbot has been letting users have simulated conversations with dead public figures.
Historical Figures was developed by a 25-year-old developer named Sidhant Chaddha.
Chaddha, who currently works as a software engineer at Amazon, released the app in early January.
Since then, it has already been downloaded more than 6,000 times, Vice reported.
It is also currently ranked #58 in Education on the Apple App Store.
Chaddha told Vice’s Motherboard that he was inspired by OpenAI’s GPT-3.
ChatGPT is an advanced chatbot that generates responses in natural language to prompts.
It can complete many tasks in seconds, including writing essays, poems, and even complex code.
“I was able to chat with some historical figures and I was like, why don’t I make this an app so that other people can have this experience as well?” Chaddha said.
As of right now, there are around 20,000 historical figures available for simulated chats in the app.
“For example, Jesus was very popular during his time period and so was Genghis Khan,” he explained.
“So I chose the first 20,000 because those large language models have the most confidence and knowledge about what these people did.”
Chaddha believes that the popularity of the app, as well as chatbots in general, will only increase.
“So I’m super optimistic that this will get to a point in the next year or so where the inaccurate stuff will completely go away.
“There are other things that can be done to make sure the app is more accurate. I’m working on some of those right now.”