Alibaba to roll out generative AI across apps, Beijing flags new rules

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) Group Holding Ltd on Tuesday unveiled its generative artificial intelligence model – a tech version of chatbot sensation ChatGPT – and said it will be integrated into all the company’s applications in the near future. . Following SenseTime’s revelation this week about new AI products coming to market, the government quickly released draft regulations outlining generative AI services. In an illustrated demonstration, a large AI language model called Tongyi Qianwen, which means “Truth of a Thousand Questions,” created invitation letters, planned travel itineraries and advised shoppers on what makeup to buy. Tongyi Qianwen will initially be integrated with DingTalk, Alibaba’s workplace communication application, and can be used to take meeting notes, write emails and draft business proposals. It will also be added to Tmall Genie, Alibaba’s voice assistant. The technology is “driving massive changes in the way we produce, work and live our lives,” CEO Daniel Zhang said at the live event. AI models like Tongyi Qianwen are “a big picture for making AI more popular in the future,” he added. The Chinese internet giant’s cloud unit plans to open up Tongyi Qianwen to customers to build their own custom large language models, with registration starting Friday. According to draft rules published by the Cyberspace Administration, the country supports technological innovation and popularization, but the content produced must adhere to “core socialist values” and laws on privacy and protection of personal data. Violators may face a fine or criminal investigation, it added. The proposed rules, open for public comment until May 10, come as governments worldwide seek the best ways to regulate reproductive artificial intelligence technology, which has raised concerns about its ethical implications, as well as its impact on national security, employment and education. . . . Italy last month temporarily banned ChatGPT, the chatbot sensation developed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, which has spawned companies developing similar products. Citing potential societal risks, Elon Musk and a group of AI experts and industry leaders have requested a six-month pause in development of systems more powerful than OpenAI’s recently launched GPT-4 in an open letter. Charlie Chai, an analyst at 86Research, said Beijing’s new rules could slow progress “toward a more systematic and socially responsible deployment of the technology.” He also added obstacles to foreign companies seeking to provide AI services in the country, which would benefit domestic companies. China has tightly censored its Internet for years, and its tech giants are careful to toe the line, especially on topics considered sensitive, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping and the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Search engine Baidu’s ( NASDAQ:BIDU ) Ernie chatbot one of several AI models, or chatbots, that Chinese companies have exposed or teased declined to answer questions on such topics and did not ask to change the subject when Reuters last asked. month The bot is currently only open to trial users. Alibaba shares rose 1% in Hong Kong trade. Shares in SenseTime, whose new products include an AI chat app called SenseChat, rose early but then leveled off.

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