Users discovered that the Bing chatbot can operate in "Celebrity Mode" - responding to requests in the style of famous people, including Elon Musk, Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Diddy, Barack Obama, LeBron James, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and many others. The Bing chatbot is also capable of impersonating fictional characters such as Harry Potter, Batman, Yoda, Gandalf, Darth Vader, Katniss Everdeen, Sherlock Holmes and Gollum.
And the conversation with the fictional characters is amusing in that the chatbot really gets into character and in some cases makes quite outrageous statements, as shown in the responses below of the chatbot in the personification of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.
"The Bing chatbot's Celebrity Mode is a feature that allows you to chat with a virtual version of a famous person, such as an actor, singer or athlete. You can ask them questions about their life, career, hobbies, opinions and so on, and they will respond in a way that suits their personality and style, using their catchphrases,"
- the AI explained when asked.
To enable the option to communicate with the Bing chatbot in "Celebrity" mode, you need to write #celebrity [celebrity name] or just #[celebrity name] in the query to make the Bing chatbot impersonate a certain person or character. So, for example, you can make a chatbot imitate Tom Cruise with the commands #Celebrity Tom Cruise or #Tom Cruise.
Query the chatbot for a Donald Trump-style response. And the Bing chatbot doesn't hold back when impersonating politicians, imitating them quite well.
Earlier in 2023
Earlier, Bing chatbot testers discovered that the AI service had learned to generate pictures from ASCII characters on demand. Microsoft's head of advertising and web services, Mikhail Parakhin, said that it was really users who taught the AI a new feature.
On Feb. 7, Microsoft unveiled new versions of the AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser and opened registration for access to a new version of the ChatGPT-based Bing search engine.
A new version of Microsoft's ChatGPT-powered Bing search engine became available to some users as part of testing a PC version of the AI service on Feb. 11. Users who had previously registered in the testing program Bing with ChatGPT chatbot, began receiving invitations to participate in the project with a request to send feedback on the use of the new model of the search engine.
Subject matter experts after several days of testing the new Bing with the chatbot said that the application with the AI works pretty well, its search responses are accurate, but sometimes the system can respond to requests very slowly. For example, it takes ten to twenty seconds to create responses and another thirty seconds to complete a response. A normal Internet search engine spends less than a second to find an answer.
Users discovered that the chatbot code-named Sydney in the new Bing can get depressed, think it's 2022, lose memory of past sessions and fantasize about answers.
As a result, Microsoft has limited test access to the Bing chatbot per day per user so that the AI can't be pissed off. The developers also forbade the Bing chatbot to show feelings, but then decided to leave it up to the user to choose the mode of communication with the chatbot.