Property expert Rob Dix has devised a unique solution to efficiently address the high volume of inquiries from his followers: a digital clone powered by artificial intelligence (AI). This AI chatbot, created through a collaboration with UK company Coachvox AI, is designed to mimic the responses of Dix or his business partner, Rob Bence, using a vast bank of content including their books, columns, and podcast episodes.
The Rise of AI Clones
Dix and Bence join the ranks of around 150 individuals who have created AI clones with Coachvox AI. The company's clientele is diverse, ranging from CEOs to marriage counsellors. The concept behind these digital clones is simple but effective: they offer relevant guidance to inquirers, saving time for the users. Companies such as Synthesia and Delphi also offer similar services. Synthesia, for instance, provides talking avatars that can communicate in more than 120 languages.
AI Cloning: A Double-Edged Sword?
While the benefits of AI clones are clear, experts like Prof. Florian Stahl and Dr. Clare Walsh express caution, emphasizing the limitations of AI's understanding and its potential dangers. Dix himself ensures users are aware they are interacting with technology and not a person, underscoring the importance of the AI providing responses with appropriate caveats.
Implications and the Future of AI Cloning
The introduction of AI clones like Dix's represents a significant shift in the intersection of technology and personal service industries. It also raises important questions about the future of AI and its implications for privacy, data security, and the nature of personal interaction. As AI technology continues to evolve, the implications of these questions will shape the ways in which we interact with technology and each other.