Alibaba gets the latest language model to meet the AI demand

Shruti Govil
Shruti Govil May 16, 2024
Updated 2024/05/16 at 11:23 AM

Alibaba Cloud announced on Thursday that, following more than 90,000 company installations, it has made available the most recent version of its big language model.

According to a statement from Alibaba Cloud’s chief technology officer, Jingren Zhou, the company has seen “many creative applications of the models from across the industries,” including gaming and consumer electronics.

“We are excited to work together with our clients and developers to take advantage of the tremendous growth prospects brought about by the most recent wave of generative AI advancements,” Zhou stated.

Qwen 2.5, the latest version of Alibaba Cloud’s Tongyi Qianwen model, boasts “remarkable advancements in reasoning, code comprehension, and textual understanding” when compared to Qwen 2.0.

OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence apps are powered by large language models. To provide responses to user prompts that are human-like, they have been trained on enormous volumes of data.

Large language model evaluation platform OpenCompass conducted an examination in March that found that while the most recent Qwen model outperforms OpenAI’s GPT-4 model in language and creativity capabilities, it falls short in other domains such as knowledge, reasoning, and math.

Alibaba launched Tongyi Qianwen in April 2023, following ChatGPT’s global launch in November 2022. An updated version with enhanced comprehension of intricate instructions, copywriting, reasoning, and memorization skills was made available in October.

More than 2.2 million business customers, according to Alibaba Cloud, have used Qwen-powered AI services like DingTalk, which is Alibaba’s version of Slack.

The company also announced that it has improved Model Studio, its generative AI platform, with additional AI development tools and released a number of new Qwen models to the open-source community.

In response to the growing demand for generative AI, other Chinese IT behemoths like Tencent and Baidu have launched comparable chatbots and AI models. After receiving approval in August for public usage, Baidu reported in April that the number of users of their Ernie bot had surpassed 200 million.

In China, generative AI is speeding up the development of humanoid robots that could assist with labor-intensive tasks or factory operations.

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