TikTok Tests an AI Chatbot Called ‘Tako’

TikTok Tests an AI Chatbot Called ‘Tako’ – According to a Reuters report, TikTok is conducting trials with an AI chatbot named “Tako,” designed to respond to inquiries and assist users in finding personalized content. The research company Watchful Technologies uncovered this development. Currently, TikTok is providing Tako as a feature exclusively on certain iPhones in the Philippines, allowing users to seek assistance from the chatbot in locating desired content.

According to Watchful, Tako has the capability to engage in individualized conversations with users, offer tailored suggestions, and assist them in navigating TikTok to explore content. TikTok has strategically positioned the Tako icon as the prominent top-right icon within the TikTok interface, indicating their intention for it to be easily noticeable and accessible to users.

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“We’re always exploring new technologies that add value to our community. With select users, we’re testing new ways to power search and discovery on TikTok, and we look forward to learning from our community as we continue to create a safe place that entertains, inspires creativity, and drives culture,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement.

Given the growing trend of incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into various platforms, it is not unexpected that TikTok is also exploring its potential applications. With the emergence of ChatGPT, integration efforts with Bing and Google’s announcement of Bard, there has been a wave of concerns among individuals about the possibility of job displacement. 

In this context, TikTok is making efforts to catch up with its AI initiatives. It faces certain challenges, such as an impending ban in Montana due to regulatory issues. Moreover, to address security concerns, TikTok has taken steps to mitigate them by providing Oracle with complete access to its source code, aiming to establish transparency and trust within its user base.


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