Your artificial intelligence! Behind the scenes of the King’s smooth visit to Kenya, he will praise the help of artificial intelligence

Your artificial intelligence!  Behind the scenes of the King’s smooth visit to Kenya, he will praise the help of artificial intelligence

By Natasha Livingstone, royal correspondent for The Mail On Sunday

00:17 05 November 2023, updated 00:19 05 November 2023

  • Palace aides tested artificial intelligence for the first time during a visit to Kenya
  • Digimind is a program used to monitor social media comments about the King
  • Aides can adjust royal visit schedules if Amnesty International warns a visit is unpopular



King Charles will thank his courtiers for his smooth visit to Kenya last week, but will also pay tribute behind the scenes with the help of artificial intelligence.

The Mail on Sunday revealed that palace aides tested artificial intelligence for the first time during the royal visit to Kenya to monitor the king’s popularity on social media.

It follows Charles’ video speech last week at Rishi Sunak’s AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park, where he said the rise of AI was as important as splitting the atom or harnessing fire.

The software, called Digimind, uses artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor social media comments about the king.

The technology works across all major platforms, including TikTok, to classify comments into three categories: negative, neutral and positive.

Popularity ratings: Palace aides used artificial intelligence for the first time during his visit to Kenya to help monitor the king’s popularity on social media

Every day, courtiers receive a summary of the King’s popularity ranking in Kenya, Britain and around the world.

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According to the Amnesty International assistant, the visit to Kenya was a great success.

At the start of the week, King Charles’ popularity rating on Kenyan social media, calculated through a ‘sentiment rating index’ that ranges from -100 to +100, stood at +38 per cent.

By Friday afternoon, the percentage had risen to +70 percent.

The visit also had a positive impact at the global level.

On Tuesday, his international score was -2, compared to +51 percent on Friday.

In Britain, it rose from +7 percent to +54 percent.

Amnesty International monitored online comments on whether the king should formally apologize for Britain’s colonial past, a matter closely considered by aides after the king’s speech on Tuesday.

“AI gives us real-time assessments of how the visit is going and allows us to make quick decisions in response,” one courtier said.

“It also shows the tangible impact of royal trips.”

In the future, assistants could adjust the schedule of royal visits if AI warns them that an event is unpopular or sparking controversy.

Charles gave a video address last week to Rishi Sunak’s AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park, where he said the rise of AI was as important as splitting the atom.

A palace source said: “AI enables us to see if something has gone wrong on social media, and will allow us to change things going forward or explain the context.”

Now the journey is over, the courtiers will consider extending the AI ​​experiment, and evaluate whether it is useful and cost-effective.

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