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KPMG unveils internal ChatGPT, ‘KymChat’

Following news that Allen & Overy and PwC are utilising legal chatbot, “Harvey”, KPMG has become the latest big firm to use a custom tool to support its workers and help improve efficiency.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 27 March 2023 Big Law
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Editor’s note: This story first appeared on Lawyers Weekly’s sister brand, Accountants Daily.

KPMG has launched a proprietary version of ChatGPT that will be used as a digital assistant by employees to improve innovation and efficiency, it said.

KPMG chief digital officer John Munnelly said the tool was only the beginning of the firm’s use of artificial intelligence (AI) to create a better workplace.

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“This proprietary solution will support the firm’s culture of innovation, boost efficiencies and create a better people experience,” said Mr Munnelly.

“The information provided will better enable cross-team collaboration and help those new to the firm with a more seamless and efficient people-navigation experience.”

The news follows reports from Lawyers Weekly that global firms Allen & Overy and PwC are using “Harvey”, an AI chatbot lawyer, here and here.

KPMG received access to the private version of the ChatGPT tool due to a partnership with Microsoft and has affectionately named it KymChat.

The firm said KymChat provided its employees access to the processing power of the fifth-largest supercomputer in the world through a digital assistant on their desktop and phone.

The benefit of KymChat was that it meant workers at KPMG could have access to ground-breaking technology such as ChatGPT, but without having client data leave the company.

“It’s early days, but we expect the KymChat model to rapidly improve as we add new data and train it to perform new tasks,” said Mr Munnelly.

“We’ll continually add new use cases — including some from an internal staff crowdsourcing exercise which has already generated over 60 ideas.”

“KymChat is just the start of KPMG’s AI journey, and in time will be one of many products within our broader AI strategy.”

The firm said uses for the AI tool would be focused on innovation and efficiency within the firm, while the tool would be directly integrated with Microsoft Teams with further features and capabilities planned.

The announcement comes after PwC revealed a partnership with AI start-up Harvey to provide its legal professionals exclusive access to the OpenAI-backed tool.

The company said Harvey would generate insights and recommendations based on large volumes of data to deliver greater information to employees so they could identify legal business strategies faster.

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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