Say hello to creator-built AI chatbots on Instagram

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In your case I thought Instagram influencers would no longer be able to stay online, but soon they will have the ability to create an AI version of themselves that you can interact with at all times.

The announcement came from the mouth of a chain-wearing Mark Zuckerberg, who shared his thoughts about AI and who will control this technology in an interview with YouTuber Ken Sutter aka Kallaway. (He also said Meta is going to bring holographic AR glasses soon, but save that for another time.)

The AI ​​chatbots will be built in collaboration with a handful of Instagram creators that Meta has partnered with. Zuckerberg says the feature is in the testing phase and will be rolled out gradually to different Instagram users. It’s not yet clear what form these AI chatbots will take, but it seems likely that the creators that Meta is partnering with will build their characters in the company’s AI Studio, so they’ll likely function similarly to the AI ​​characters that Meta launched last year.

If it all goes according to plan, you’ll soon be able to slide into your Instagram DMs and chat with AI simulacra of your favorite influencers. File this in the “what could go wrong?” folder.

Here’s some other consumer tech news from around the web.

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Off-road racing series Extreme E, which uses only electric vehicles for its high-speed adventures, is venturing into another area of ​​power systems for its vehicles.

The new series, called Extreme H, will feature cars powered only by hydrogen. The new Pioneer 25, built for this series, is a fast racing car that runs entirely on hydrogen. The Pioneer 25 can reach speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour (124 mph), which is very fast for an off-roading vehicle.

Pioneer aims to usher in a new era of eco-friendly motorsports, although there is some debate over how clean hydrogen energy really is.

Hyundai Funday

On the more affordable vehicle front, Korean car company Hyundai has introduced a new EV. The Hyundai Inster is a compact urban hatchback that can seat four people. It has a boxy look – similar to the Scion or Mini Cooper – and has an estimated range of up to 355 kilometers (220 miles). The Inster’s battery takes 4.5 hours to fully charge. It’s definitely not a race car, as its top speed is 86 mph.

Official pricing has not been revealed yet, but according to AutoNews, the sticker price should be around $26,000. Or the equivalent in foreign currency; the Inster is not being released in the US just yet. The car will first come to Korea, followed by other countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

FCC U

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is trying to make it easier for phone users to switch networks. A proposal introduced this week by FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel requires mobile phone providers to unlock customers’ phones if they want to use the device on another network. Many providers lock customers into their networks by tying their devices to a subscription plan that keeps them on a network operated by a particular carrier. If this guidance becomes reality, companies would be forced to unlock devices 60 days after they are activated, meaning you’d be free to switch carriers and take your phone with you.

No official decision has been made yet. The proposal is coming in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which the FCC prepares to receive public comment on potential decisions in the future. The proposal is not yet public, but it could become public after the FCC votes to advance it during an open meeting on July 18.

From one vape to all Juuls

Juul once held almost total dominance over the nicotine vaping industry. But when U.S. regulators cracked down on suppliers of addictive nicotine dispensers (particularly those most popular with underage customers), Juul’s reign came to an end. Of course, that doesn’t mean the demand for vaping is anywhere near an end. Plenty of illegal operations have sprung up to fill that gap, and it’s relatively easy to find vape pods for sale in the U.S. that come from overseas distributors.

In this latest episode of WIRED Gadget Lab The podcast features Leon Neyfakh and former Wired Associate Editor Ariel Pardes, who are hosts of the new podcast Backfire: The Vaping WarsThis show is about what happened to the nicotine vaping industry, whether vapes are really better than cigarettes (yes, but you probably still shouldn’t puff on them), and what the future of vaping holds.

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