Chat app Discord to roll out AI-powered chatbot

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Chat app Discord to roll out AI-powered chatbot
Chat app Discord to roll out AI-powered chatbot

The chat app, which lets groups of users chat by text, video and voice, said it will revamp a bot called Clyde, who will now be powered by OpenAI technology

Chat app Discord, in its latest move among tech companies to build generative AI tools, announces on Thursday that it will introduce new artificial intelligence features that can summarize long conversations or add decorations to a user’s avatar.

Capturing the attention of the tech industry, generative AI is a technology that can generate images, text or video in response to a prompt.

AI chatbots that can synthesize web information to answer complex searches or even write original novels have been announced or introduced by tech giants like Microsoft and Google and startups like OpenAI.

“We’re seeing one of the most exciting moments in technology emerging,” Jason Citron, chief executive of San Francisco-based Discord, said during a press briefing.

The chat app, which lets groups of users chat by text, video and voice, said it will revamp a bot called Clyde, who will now be powered by OpenAI technology. Discord users can invoke the AI-powered Clyde to answer trivia questions, help schedule meetings or recommend playlists, the company said.

Another AI feature will let users “remix” their friends’ avatars using generative image models. For instance, the feature could place a crown on a person’s head in their profile image to celebrate their birthday.

An AI tool will be able to summarize the conversation and allow users to quickly jump back to parts of the message thread to catch up on the discussion if users have been away from the chat app and missed a stream of messages. The tool will begin to roll out next week in a limited number of Discord groups, the company said.

To help automatically block harmful or unwanted messages from a Discord chat, the chat app said it will also experiment with OpenAI technology to improve an existing content moderation tool. The revamped tool can flag messages to moderators and also understand the context of the conversation, the company said.

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