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Agoda releases children’s book created using Generative AI

Agoda releases children’s book created using Generative AI

‘Maya and the Secret World of Agoda’ is now available for free in multiple languages.

Ahead of World Children’s Day which takes place annually on 20 November, digital travel platform Agoda created a children’s book using Generative AI (Gen AI) technology. The book, titled ‘Maya and the Secret World of Agoda’, sparks the imagination and encourages kids to explore and enjoy technology. It is now available to download for free on the Agoda platform and available in multiple languages, including Thai and English.

The original copy and the initial visual designs for the 24-page children’s book were created completely by Gen AI tools ChatGPT and Midjourney, under the supervision of Agoda’s marketing, tech, and translation teams.

‘Maya and the Secret World of Agoda’ is centred around a young girl named Maya, who embarks on an adventure while visiting her mother at Agoda’s Bangkok office. The book takes young readers on a journey, introducing them to technological concepts through charming characters that help capture their imaginations, making it an entertaining and educational choice for children and families interested in technology around the globe. It serves as a testament to Agoda's dedication to technology and its commitment to inspiring creativity in young minds, especially in Asia where Agoda is headquartered.

“Creating this book has been a fun project to help encourage more kids to explore and enjoy technology,” said Idan Zalzberg, Chief Technology Officer at Agoda. “At the same time, it celebrates life at Agoda and the thousands of Agodans who work tirelessly to help travellers see the world for less. Both the copy and the visuals of the book could be improved with human involvement, but the result does show how rapidly this technology is improving.”

Zalzberg continues: “While the book was created mostly for fun and to inspire a future generation of tech talent, we take Gen AI very seriously within Agoda. There are over seventy internal projects taking place in the tech department alone to leverage increasing efficiency and improving our platform for travellers globally. Gen AI improvements are, as we speak, contributing to new under-the-hood features on the Agoda platform and are powering a more effective customer support experience.”

As a digital travel platform, Agoda is passionate about tech. To run the platform, Agoda uses over 500,000 CPU cores across four data centres around the world, managed by Agoda Engineering. The Agoda data platform contains over 30 petabytes worth of data, ingesting 2.5 trillion records every day.

‘Maya and the Secret World of Agoda’ is now available for free download on ago-da.co/aibook. Each edition contains two languages: the original AI-written English language plus one other language. There are editions available in Thai, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Bahasa (Indonesia), Bahasa (Malaysia), and Korean.

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