At a recent in-person AI conference in Boston, I got a strange request from a fellow attendee.
Hey, can I build a clone of this person I know with all her public information?Attendee at AI Woodstock, Boston
At first, I was intrigued. And then a few days later, I got this second email from someone I’ve known for many years.
I noticed you launched a new project called CustomGPT. I’m working with a former Harvard professor on a project and was wondering if CustomGPT would be a fit.
We are essentially looking to turn all of his previous works, talks, and dissertations and turn them into a chatbot where you can ask the professor any question.
Ok – that’s it — so what better way than to clone myself as a test.
So without further ado, let’s do it!
By building an AI clone of yourself, you are essentially preserving your knowledge, perspectives, and experiences in a way that is accessible and interactive. This can be incredibly useful for people looking to tap into your expertise, even when you’re not directly available. It’s like leaving a cognitive legacy that can be referred to at any time.
If you’re a person of influence, a leader, or an expert in your field, chances are there are many people who want to learn from you or seek your advice. An AI clone of yourself allows for your guidance to be shared on a larger scale, without the limitations of your personal time and energy. It can provide mentorship, offer advice, or engage in discussions based on your ideas and philosophies.
The process of building an AI clone of oneself can be an exercise in self-discovery and reflection. It forces you to distill your thoughts, ideas, and knowledge into a format that can be understood by an AI model. This not only helps to clarify your own understanding of what you know and believe but also provides you an opportunity to reevaluate and potentially grow from this introspection.
While some might think that this is a daunting task, you can do this easily now with CustomGPT thanks to certain key features:
CustomGPT operates with your trusted data that you ingest — and makes sure that ChatGPT does not hallucinate, without making up facts! Let’s read that again: Without making up facts. This is important because you dont want your clone saying things outside of your knowledgebase. This is one of CustomGPT’s biggest USPs and the reason thousands of businesses trust CustomGPT for their ChatGPT chatbots.
CustomGPT has built myriad tools to help your ingest your data from various sources. When cloning yourself, this is the hardest part — because you want to ingest your public data from various sources like websites, social media, Youtube videos, PDFs, Google results, etc. So you need a platform that has taken care of this hard part for you.
For something as sensitive as this, you want a business grade platform that is privacy-preserving and secure. While some of your data might already be public, you want a privacy-preserving platform to review the queries being asked of your chatbot and gather intelligence from them (something which CustomGPT now supports out of the box)
Now this is the amazing part — you probably started reading this blog post thinking that something like this would take days — no, it can be done in minutes.
The first thing is to decide what you want ingested. For example, I decided to use myself as a guinea pig and create a consolidated chatbot with all the publicly available information about me. Here are the data sources I added:
One piece of advice: Please do decide what data you want ingested and whether you want it kept private or public. This part is important. If you plan on making your chatbot public, make sure you ingest only public data.
Ninja Move: Now with CustomGPT’s realtime data indexing, you can even ingest realtime data as it is happening and have the chatbot respond based on that. Just imagine the possibilities of that.
Step 2: Add the sources to your CustomGPT chatbot
Now that you have nice sitemaps representing each source or a list of documents/files, you add them to your CustomGPT chatbot using the data integration feature. Do note: you dont need any coding experience for this. Just use the “Add Sitemap” or the “Add Files” button and let it rip.
Step 3: Start talking!
Within minutes, you can then start talking to the chatbot using the “Ask Me Anything!” button. That’s it. You are done!
You can then decide how you want to use your chatbot. By default, it is private. But you can share it publicly, put it on your website, let people chat with it using Livechat or even integrate it into your systems using the API.
You can see the live demo hosted on this page or query it using the live chatbot widget below. You could even register a new website and embed the chatbot on it – just imagine the possibilities of that.
1. Q: Can I really clone myself using ChatGPT?
A: Yes, using tools like CustomGPT, you can create a chatbot that’s trained on your public writings, talks, and any other information you feed into it. This bot can then respond to queries in a manner that resembles how you might respond, based on your input data.
2. Q: Will the chatbot truly represent me?
A: While the AI chatbot will be able to emulate your style of communication and share knowledge based on the data it has been trained on, it’s important to remember that it is still an AI and not an exact replica of you. It doesn’t have your memories or personal experiences unless they’re shared in the data it was trained on.
3. Q: Is my data secure during this process?
A: CustomGPT is designed with data privacy in mind. While the process does involve using your personal data, it is used solely for the purpose of indexing the content and isn’t shared or used for any other purpose. In fact, your data is not even shared with other chatbots in your own account.
4. Q: Can I choose what information the AI clone knows?
A: Yes, the AI clone will only know what information it has been trained on. This allows you to control the scope of its knowledge and capabilities.
5. Q: How long does the process take?
A: Once you have accumulated your data sources, the process of creating the AI clone can take just a few minutes. The actual time can vary depending on the amount of the data.
6. Q: What types of data can I use to train my AI clone?
A: You can use a wide range of data sources, such as webpages, Google search results, PDFs, Word documents, social media posts, videos, podcasts, etc.
7. Q: Can I integrate the AI clone into my website or other platforms?
A: Yes, once created, you can choose to share your AI clone publicly, embed it on your website, or integrate it into your systems using the provided API. You can even use Zapier and create workflows based on the API, thus connecting it to other platforms and integrations.
8. Q: Can the AI clone answer new questions or only those based on the ingested data?
A: The AI clone will ONLY answer questions based on the data — without hallucinating. It will not “make up” answers or generate responses based on information it has not indexed.
9. Q: How does the AI clone know to respond in my style?
A: Using CustomGPT’s new “Persona” feature, you can define the style that you want the chatbot to respond in. For example: You can can define “Inherit the style and personality of the information provided” and it will inherit your style of communication and emulate that in its responses.
10. Q: Can anyone build an AI clone of themselves?
A: Yes, if you’re comfortable with providing enough of your public data and writings to index, you can create an AI clone of yourself. You don’t need any special technical skills, as CustomGPT is a no-code system designed to be user-friendly and accessible.
11. Q: I can do this using OpenAI LLM. Why use CustomGPT?
A: For the same reason that you don’t dig your own well for water. Or run your own servers in your basement. CustomGPT has spent 10,000+ hours building the data integration and chatbot services required on top of ChatGPT. And you get a business-grade privacy-preserving secure platform that takes care of all the technical details for you.
Our Youtube channel has a host of video tutorials to help you ingest various data sources, but for this one, you might like to see this tutorial on building from the webpages you see for your name in Google.
So, there we have it. We’ve just skimmed the surface of a whole new world of AI-powered possibilities. We’ve dipped our toes into the idea of cloning ourselves using AI. A strange concept? Maybe. Intriguing? Absolutely.
Think of it as creating a digital twin – a version of yourself that can engage with the world while you sleep, share your knowledge while you’re busy, and keep your ideas alive and accessible even when you’re not around.
In the end, it’s not just about using AI for self-clone but about the impact we can create – for ourselves and others. As we continue to explore this new frontier, let’s always remember to use it responsibly, ethically, and for the betterment of all.
Ready to clone yourself? Let’s dive in!