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TikTok is testing its own AI Chatbot named Tako

Ever since the release of ChatGPT and its subsequent integration into various Microsoft services, every tech giant has been trying to develop something similar. Now, TikTok is reportedly conducting tests on a new AI chatbot named Tako, which will not only recommend videos to users based on their queries but also allow them to ask various questions about a video using natural language processing.

The folks over at first discovered the AI chatbot, and based on the screenshots, TikTok will position Tako above the profile icon to the right of a video. And when a user taps on the icon, Tako will open up a chat screen where the chatbot interacts with users and responds to various queries. Additionally, the chatbot will also suggest prompts to initiate conversations.

For example, while watching a video of King Charles’ coronation, Tako might suggest asking, “What is the significance of King Charles III’s coronation?” However, it is important to note that TikTok has not yet confirmed the exact type of model powering its new chatbot.

Zachary Kizer, a TikTok spokesperson, confirmed the reports, stating, “Being at the forefront of innovation is core to building the TikTok experience, and we’re always exploring new technologies that add value to our community.” Additionally, he clarified that the company is testing Tako in a limited capacity in the Philippines and that it is not available to users in North America or Europe. Moreover, the company has also ensured that the chatbot will not be available to underage users.

TikTok is already preparing to launch

Although TikTok clarified that it is currently only testing the chatbot, the company has filed a trademark application for “chatbot software” under the name Tako, suggesting an imminent launch. However, this race to build an advanced AI chatbot has sparked debates about potential threats, including abuse, manipulative language, and lies. As a result, the White House and other government entities are already exploring ways to monitor AI development, and companies like Google and Microsoft also need to implement measures to ensure the responsible development of these AI systems.

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