- SK Telecom upgrades chatbot A. with OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology and Microsoft's cloud computing power
- The telecom titan introduces unique chatroom functionality, enabling conversations with an AI entity
- A. differentiates itself with interactive cartoon avatars and AI agents that offer advice on diverse topics
South Korea's formidable mobile operator, SK Telecom, unveiled an exciting announcement on Friday, declaring the upgrade of its proprietary chatbot. The new enhancement not only integrates the mighty Microsoft cloud but also leverages the groundbreaking technology driving OpenAI's ChatGPT.
Introduced as a beta product in May of the previous year, the company christened its chatbot "A."—articulated as "A dot". The telecommunications titan has been diligently enhancing A.'s abilities, preparing it for an extensive launch.
The strategic upgrade involved the addition of a new feature branded "Chat T" to A. Powering this innovative component is the technology underlying ChatGPT, firmly anchored on Microsoft's Azure OpenAI cloud computing service. The exciting feature allows users to initiate a dialogue with the chatbot, mirroring the interaction possible with ChatGPT.
Furthermore, SK Telecom expanded A.'s functionality by adding a unique chatroom option. This exclusive addition permits users to engage in interactive discourse with an AI entity.
SK Telecom, in their press release, described the feature saying, "These conversations allow users to share mundane life details like confiding in a close confidant."
Shrewdly, SK Telecom has striven to carve a distinct identity for A. compared to ChatGPT. A. boasts of a collection of adorable cartoon avatars with which users can engage. In an exciting development, the company introduced more AI agents dubbed "A. friends", armed with cutting-edge conversational AI technology that can mimic human-like, emotional conversations. Engaging with 'A. friends' offers users counsel and advice on an array of topics.
SK Telecom, traditionally a mobile network, is determined to diversify and venture into novel fields. The ambitious company anticipates the launch of a flying taxi service in 2025. Additionally, earlier this year, CNBC reported that SK Telecom's AI chip offshoot, Sapeon, aims to hit a staggering valuation of $400 million through a forthcoming funding round.
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