In order to make its artificial intelligence large language model available for developers and enterprise businesses to utilize, Chinese e-commerce and technology giant Alibaba Group said that Tongyi Qianwen will be available to the public.
Tongyi Qianwen was first shown in April as a creation of the Alibaba DAMO Academy. It was created as a large language model that is comparable to OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT. The LLM is proficient in both Chinese and English, and its initial deployment was intended to enhance user experience across all of Alibaba’s businesses.
The business unit in charge of developing artificial intelligence, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Division, said on the company’s WeChat account that Oppo, Taobao, and Zhejiang University have agreed to use Tongyi Qianwen to train their own models or create AI apps. In order to increase the AI model’s adoption by enterprises and community innovation, the company also announced that an open-source version would soon be made available.
In an internal memo earlier this week, newly appointed Alibaba Group Chief Executive Eddie Wu presented the organization’s new AI strategy. He predicted that the future of the corporation would center around AI. Wu wrote in the letter that disruptions brought on by AI in all industries will be the biggest change agent during the next ten years. “We will lose our jobs if we don’t adapt to the changes of the AI era,” he said.
The AI model is widely used throughout Alibaba’s ecosystem to improve enterprise communication, voice help, search, navigation, and assistance for users, and DingTalk, Alibaba’s digital workplace and app development platform.