Alibaba showed off its answer to the ChatGPT craze on Tuesday, demonstrating new software that it plans to eventually roll out across all its platforms.
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The Chinese tech giant unveiled Tongyi Qianwen, a large language model that will be embedded in its Tmall Genie smart speakers and workplace messaging platform DingTalk.
It was trained on vast troves of data in order to generate compelling responses to users’ prompts, Ben Westcott and Michelle Toh reported for CNN.
The technology will initially be integrated into those two products and eventually added to all Alibaba applications, from e-commerce to mapping services, according to the company.
Group CEO Daniel Zhang, who also oversees Alibaba’s cloud division, presented the new AI-powered service at a conference in Beijing, where the company demonstrated how it will allow users to transcribe meeting notes, craft business pitches and tell children’s stories.
The company has opened up Tongyi Qianwen — which roughly translates as “seeking truth by asking a thousand questions” — to enterprise customers for testing before making it available to more users.
“We are at a technological watershed moment, driven by generative AI and cloud computing,” Zhang said.
The debut comes after that of Baidu, which launched its own ChatGPT-style service last month.
During a similar presentation, Baidu showed how its chatbot, called ERNIE, could generate a company newsletter, come up with a corporate slogan and solve a math riddle. On Monday, SenseTime, one of China’s most prominent AI companies, launched a suite of new services, including a chatbot called SenseChat.