Coke and AI
Y3000 is the latest installment of Coca-Cola’s Creations platform, in which limited-edition flavors of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar are released to drum up interest from niche, typically younger demographics. Previous flavor themes included gaming via a tie-up with League of Legends, the metaverse and electronic dance music (EDM).
The new flavor builds on Coca-Cola’s significant AI activity. The company has used generative AI tools such as ChatGPT in its consumer-facing marketing, in addition to striking a partnership with OpenAI and Bain to more deeply incorporate AI models into its marketing strategy.
Last month, Coca-Cola held a three-day workshop with artists to develop ads using AI.
“TikTok made everyone an entertainer. Instagram made everyone an influencer. Generative AI is making everyone an artist,” Pratik Thakar, Coca-Cola's global head of generative AI, told Ad Age in a recent interview.
The role of optimism as a theme positions “Y3000” within a tense conversation surrounding the growth of AI. In this debate, businesses are the optimists, racing to activate the technology for its use cases in driving efficiency. Yet AI remains unprecedented and unregulated, which has spurred top technologists to stress forbearance, fearing that without responsible development, wide-spanning risks could run rampant.