- Google is in advanced discussions to invest hundreds of millions in Character.AI, an AI chatbot startup.
- The investment might involve convertible notes, strengthening the existing partnership with Google’s cloud services and TPUs.
- The startup allows users to interact with virtual celebrities and anime characters, offering personalized chatbots and AI assistants.
- Character.AI has gained popularity, particularly among the 18–24 age group, constituting around 60% of its website traffic.
- Character.AI is also in talks for equity funding, potentially valuing the company at over $5 billion, following a $150 million funding round in March at a $1 billion valuation.