This creepy AI app lets you talk with a photograph of anyone

Xpression Chat AI photo app
(Image credit: EmbodyMe)

Just when you thought AI photo apps couldn't get any creepier, along comes one that lets us talk with people in photos. The Japanese company EmbodyMe's Xpression Chat uses ChatGPT and a library of 50 voices to allow 'conversations' with photographs of anyone – really anyone: celebrities, strangers, lost loved ones... even pets.

The company thinks this has potential business uses, for example, to give faces to virtual sales reps (as if speaking to a chatbot with a face will be any less frustrating). But who's it fooling? People are mainly going to use it to chat with their celebrity crushes as humanity spirals towards an ever-bleaker scenario of tech-induced social isolation and disconnect from the real world. But hey, imagine the stilted conversations you'll have with an RP-speaking Kanye West (see our pick of the best AI art generators for more generative AI tools).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.