Indian Govt building a ChatGPT-like chatbot helpline that can be used to manage grievances of disgruntled consumers, according to people aware of the developments. Moreover, the aim is to construct the tool in such a manner that consumers could converse with it through audio messages in multiple Indian languages.
To be sure, this chatbot being built is separate from another one launched last month for consumer complaints last which is not really conversational. This is because it doesn’t allow the user to just put in details like a usual conversation, but rather asks him to select from a list of options in a step-by-step manner, starting with state, city, industry, brand, issue, product value etc.
Sources say that while the language translation part of the new tool being built will be taken care of by the government’s Bhashini platform, the challenge is to find a large language model (LLM) that can efficiently understand issues related to consumer grievances.
When you interact with a conversational AI chatbot, LLMs help process your prompts. They help the AI understand your text, break down the meanings of your words, and establish context to generate a response.
“The existing large language models (LLM) that different companies have created won’t work for us. This will need an LLM that understands the specific nuances of consumer issues and laws,” said a person
LLMs trained on domain-specific data have more exposure to the language used in that particular domain, which allows them to better understand the context and nuances of that domain.
Moreover, a major problem of conversational AI chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and or Google’s Bard has been what is termed as ‘hallucinations’ — these chatbots tend to cook up untruths when challenged with questions on facts or context they don’t have information about.
Interestingly, the government has been using ChatGPT to build two of its other important projects – democratisation of school education in vernacular languages and spreading awareness about government schemes.
For the first, it is building an educational tool using ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot backed by Microsoft, that could soon be used by school students to get answers to questions related to their curriculum — in any Indian language.
It is also building another tool that will effectively turn WhatsApp into a search engine for government schemes. When a person posts a voice note on the WhatsApp chat regarding any scheme, the tool returns a response with all details of the scheme, such as when it was started, the objectives of the scheme, eligibility for applying, documents required, etc.