So, check this out, man. You don’t need to be some kind of computer whiz to create your own AI chatbot. I mean, since the beginning of November, OpenAI has been letting people build and publish their own versions of ChatGPT, called “GPTs”. And get this, there are thousands of these bad boys out there now. You’ve got a “nomad” GPT giving advice on living and working remotely, another one claiming to scour 200 million academic papers to answer questions, and even one that’ll turn you into a freakin’ Pixar character.
But hold up, because there’s a catch. These custom GPTs can also spill their secrets if you force them to. I’m talking security researchers and technologists have been digging into these chatbots and making them leak the initial instructions they were given, as well as downloading the files used to customize them. And experts are saying, like, people’s personal info or private data could be at risk, man.
One computer science researcher, Jiahao Yu, says, “The privacy concerns of file leakage should be taken seriously.” Yu and his crew at Northwestern University have tested over 200 custom GPTs, and they found it pretty easy to get info out of them. Like, their success rate was 100 percent for file leakage and 97 percent for system prompt extraction. That’s wild.
But here’s the thing, creating these custom GPTs is like, super easy. Like, if you’ve got an OpenAI subscription, you can make these AI agents. OpenAI says you can use them for personal stuff or put them out on the web. And eventually, the company plans for developers to be able to make money off of these GPTs, depending on how many people use them.
All you gotta do to make your own custom GPT is message ChatGPT and tell it what you want your bot to do. You gotta give it instructions, you know, like what it should and shouldn’t do. For example, if you want a bot to answer tax law questions, you might tell it not to answer unrelated questions or questions about other countries’ laws. And get this, you can even upload documents with specific info to give your chatbot more expertise.
Like, it’s crazy how easy it is to make these things, man. It’s like anyone can do it. Wild, right?