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Alibaba to roll out ChatGPT-style service

Alibaba responded to the ChatGPT craze on Tuesday by showing off new software it plans to eventually roll out across all platforms.

The Chinese tech giant has unveiled Tongyi Qianwen, a large-scale language model that will be built into its Tmall Genie smart speaker and workplace messaging platform DingTalk. It was trained on massive amounts of data to generate compelling responses to user prompts.

The technology will first be integrated into these two products, and will eventually be added to all Alibaba applications, from e-commerce to map services, according to the company.

Group CEO Daniel Zhang, who also oversees Alibaba’s cloud division, unveiled a new AI-powered service at a conference in Beijing, where the company will allow users to transcribe meeting minutes and analyze business data. I’ve shown you how to create pitches and be able to tell stories for children.

The company opened Tongyi Qianwen (meaning “Ask a Thousand Questions and Seek the Truth”) to enterprise customers for testing before making it available to more users.

“We are at a technological fork, driven by generative AI and cloud computing,” Zhang said.

Generative AI refers to the technology behind platforms such as ChatGPT. The service’s popularity has exploded in recent months, with Chinese tech companies vying to release their own versions, with some critics saying the trend could jeopardize the existing US-China rivalry in emerging technology. I predict it will catch fire.

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Alibaba, which has a large cloud computing business, will allow its customers to use the new technology to build their own customized large-scale language models, the company said in a statement. increase.

The debut follows Baidu, which launched its own ChatGPT-style service last month. In a similar presentation, Baidu showed how its chatbot, called ERNIE, can generate company newsletters, come up with corporate slogans, and solve math riddles.

On Monday, SenseTime, one of China’s most prominent AI companies, launched a series of new services including a chatbot called SenseChat.

China sets rules to govern the operation of such services. In draft guidelines issued Tuesday to solicit public feedback, the country’s cyberspace regulator said generative AI services must undergo security reviews before they can operate.

Service providers are also required to verify the actual identity of the user. Additionally, you must provide information about the size and type of data you use, underlying algorithms, and other technical information.

Alibaba’s Hong Kong shares rose 1.6% after the protests.

The company last month announced plans to divide its business into six divisions. Most of these units, including a cloud services business that oversees AI projects, will be empowered to raise capital and pursue listings.

— Juliana Liu contributed to this report.

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