Alibaba on Thursday launched its rival AI technology to ChatGPT, as Chinese tech giants look to take the lead in the AI race.
ChatGBT, developed by the American company OpenAI, is an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that can answer questions when asked by the user. The app went viral, sparking huge interest in the field of generative AI, the technology that powers ChatGPT.
Last month, Alibaba revealed its “Tongyi Qianwen” large language model – a system that is trained on massive amounts of data in order to recognize and create content, according to CNBC, which was viewed by Al Arabiya.net.
Alibaba’s cloud computing division, which leads the company’s artificial intelligence operations, said Thursday that “Tongyi Qianwen” will be integrated into a digital assistant called “Tingwu”.
The AI-powered personal assistant app will be able to analyze multimedia content and generate a text summary from video and audio files, according to Alibaba.
Tongyi Tingwu, which is now available for public testing, will also first be integrated into DingTalk, a business-focused messaging service run by Alibaba.
For his part, CTO of Alibaba Cloud Computing, Jingren Zhu, said: “We live in a time when an increasing amount of video and audio content in various formats is being consumed every day. In line with this, Tongyi Tingwu aims to use the large language model to facilitate faster comprehension. Better and easier sharing of multimedia content.
Alibaba said it will release more features for Tongyi Tingwu later this year including real-time translation between English and Chinese for multimedia content. The service will be a plug-in for Google’s Chrome web browser.
The company will also work with enterprise cloud computing customers to build customized AI products based on its language model.
Alibaba’s latest offering comes as Chinese tech giants talk about their artificial intelligence capabilities as a way to spur growth for their businesses, which have been hit by a slowing domestic economy and tightening regulations from Beijing.