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GTT has collaborated with STEMGuyana to launch its Pinktober Breast Cancer awareness chatbot that will allow locals to have access to concise and comprehensible information on different types of cancer.
In a release GTT said a chatbot is a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the internet.
GTT’s Pinktober Coordinator, Diana Gittens explained that the company has contributed some $300,000 Guyana dollars to create the Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot.
“In addition to contributing funds towards testing and treatment for breast cancer patients, GTT is happy to sponsor a permanent and innovative solution for our community members. Early detection saves lives and the service the breast cancer chatbot will provide will help our citizens to get the information they need, to quickly access medical services that can in turn save their lives,” she said.
STEMGuyana Director, Karen Abrams said her team is elated to join GTT at the hip in innovating for all of Guyana. “What is truly amazing is that the AI engine upon which the chatbot is built allows it to learn the more as it interacts with users, so over time, the system will become even more useful to Guyanese as it learns the local vernacular and is able to comprehend and dispense useful, even critical information to Guyanese from all walks of life,” she said.
Sharing similar sentiments on the AI chatbot creation, STEMGuyana Team Manager, Arianna Mahase said, “We wanted to go beyond Pink and innovate a technology solution for Pinktober that would help women with early detection, testing resources and general information they would need to improve their chances of survival of breast cancer.”
“The chatbot we have built will provide responses that are tailored to be supportive, comforting, comprehensible and concise. The responses will also encourage users to get screened not only during breast cancer awareness month, but whenever persons utilise it,” she added.
The breast cancer chatbot will be hosted on STEMGuyana’s website and can be accessed via www.stemguyana.com/breastcancer . It will target Guyanese and Caribbean women. Reports have revealed that breast cancer is the main cause of cancer deaths among women in Guyana and the Caribbean.
The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company is a fixed Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) based in Guyana, South America. It is the largest provider of telecommunication services in Guyana with a subscriber base exceeding three hundred thousand in a country with an average population of seven hundred thousand. The company recently launched its GTT customer promises under the new vision – to improve life experiences to every home and business by 2025. These promises are – strengthen our community, reliably connect our customers and innovate for all in our country.