Discord is adding AI to its platform in the form of ChatGPT and Generative Art, which will appear as chatbots and the option to manage chats and create custom avatar profiles.
Discord plans to launch a public ChatGPT-powered chatbot named “Clyde” starting next week, with a new technology for summarizing Discord chats in a sidebar, called conversation summaries. This Friday, Discord will update its AutoMod automated moderation bot to include AI-powered moderation, checking the content of moderated chats to determine if the server’s rules are being followed. All three are considered public experiments, with updates, with further rollouts coming later.
Discord also showed early progress in two new features it hopes to add later: the ability to “remix” Discord avatars, as well as an updated real-time whiteboard feature that can take sketches and convert them via a gesture. Could turn generative AI into art. ,
It may seem like most apps are hastily adding AI to their core functions, however Discord was on the cutting edge in the beginning. He said during a briefing that Midjourney’s AI art generator uses Discord as its sole UI, as Midjourney chief executive David Holz leads a self-funded team and has no investment in the UI or social media model. Didn’t have the time or resources to do it. Discord revealed that Midjourney has 13 million subscribers by March 2023. Slack, a Discord rival in the productivity space, has also announced AI-powered chatbots, and Google and Microsoft have already started planning their own AI-powered search.
Discord’s first chatbot, Clyde, will eventually be available site-wide in both public and private channels, as well as in direct messages, according to Prachi Gupta, Discord’s Vice President of Engineering. In a demonstration, Gupta showed how you’d use Clyde: in text chat by addressing it via “@clyde”, which would open a small text prompt button. You’ll be able to ask Clyde your personal questions, or use Clyde in a public setting to provide advice and answer questions. Clyde will also have access to Discord’s tools, so it can suggest GIFs and emojis as well. Clyde can also be disabled by a channel administrator.
(Discord also showed off the work of a companion, Anthropic, which uses a similar-sounding AI chatbot called Cloud.)
ChatGPT will also be used to enhance Discord’s AutoMod capability. Like Clyde, AutoMod has been available for a while, filtering out obscenity and performing other filtering roles. What ChatGPT will do is allow AutoMod to interpret and apply the various rules that have been set for different servers and groups, understand them and apply them. In a demonstration, Gupta showed how a group dedicated to hamsters can flag messages that self-promote on other social media channels (a no-no according to the group’s rules) as well as avoid moderation restrictions. Let’s look for intentional misspellings.
Filters are sometimes not enough. Gupta said the AI-powered automod can also see intent as a moderation tool. “For example … asking about ‘leading cause of death in hamsters’ is not the same as another malicious user declaring ‘death to hamsters’,” she said.
The conversation summary feature looks somewhat like Otter.ai’s OtterPilot, a new feature in Otter’s transcription tool that transcribes, summarizes, and annotates a meeting with links to relevant parts. If you’ve used ChatGPT, you may also know that it splits individual conversations based on topic. Discord’s new conversation summary feature does something similar, marking changes to a conversation topic with a link to the relevant exchange.
Eventually, you’ll be able to use the generative AI to produce art that can be applied to Discord. You’ll be able to “remix” your own avatar (or anyone else’s, which looks a little weird) by using AI art to add a mustache, a party hat, or some other feature. You will be able to use image-to-image AI art (where the image or sketch you provide can be used as a model for something else) and convert it into a piece of AI-generated art reimagined as
Chief executive Jason Citron said that Discord has 150 million users per month. “We are witnessing one of the most exciting moments in technology emerging right now and it has the power and potential to truly transform how we learn, how we communicate, how we express creativity, how we live our lives. How to have fun with people,” he said. “Appropriately used, AI can fundamentally enhance and empower real human experiences and connections. That’s why Discord is the home for AI experiences with friends.
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