Discord is rolling out a new AI-powered chatbot as ChatGPT frenzy spreads
Popular video game chat community app Discord is the latest in a series of tech companies to jump into the generative AI bandwagon following the success of OpenAI ChatGPT. Discord announced on Thursday that it will roll out new artificial intelligence features as chatbot mania intensifies.
According to the announcement, Discord said the new AI features will enable users to summarize long conversations or add decorations to a user’s avatar. One other AI feature will let Discord users “remix” their friends’ avatars using generative image models. For example, the feature could place a crown on a friend’s head in their profile image to celebrate their birthday.
Generative AI has caught the attention of the tech industry following the popularity of ChatGPT, a large language model that has impressed many experts with its writing ability, software coding, proficiency in handling complex tasks, and its ability to generate images, text or video in response to a prompt.
“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.
Discord said its Clyde bot will be revamped and now be powered by OpenAI technology. Discord added that the revamp will enable Dscord users can invoke the AI-powered Clyde to answer trivia questions, help schedule meetings or recommend playlists.
We covered Discord two years ago after the startup which lets groups of users chat by text, video, and voice, walked away from $10 billion sale talks with Microsoft. The same year, the company raised $500M in funding at a $15 billion valuation.
Discord is best known for its free service that lets gamers communicate by video, voice, and text. The platform became very popular last year as people who were stuck at home during the pandemic turned to Discord for study groups, dance classes, book clubs, and other virtual gatherings. The Discord platform also includes an invite-only place with plenty of room to talk.
Discord was founded in 2012 by Jason Citron and Stanislav Vishnevskiy as an online voice, video, and text communication platform designed for creating communities. About a month ago, the San Francisco-based Discord hired Tomasz Marcinkowski as its chief financial officer as part of the company’s effort to grow its revenue after a year of pandemic-fueled growth. Discord is an online voice, video, and text communication platform designed for creating communities.