Alibaba Rolls Out New AI Model

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Chinese internet giant, Alibaba, has launched new artificial intelligence (AI) models that can understand images and perform more complex conversations; as the global race for leadership in the technology heats up. The two new models, called Qwen-VL and Qwen-VL-Chat, will be open source for researchers, academics and companies worldwide, according to reports.

Alibaba said that Qwen-VL can respond to open-ended queries related to different images and generate picture captions. Qwen-VL-Chat caters to more “complex interaction,” according to Alibaba, including writing stories and creating images based on photos that a user inputs. Alibaba’s AI models are built upon the company’s large language model called Tongyi Qianwen.

One example Alibaba gave is of an input featuring a hospital sign in the Chinese language. The AI can answer questions about the locations of certain hospital departments by interpreting the image of the sign. So far, much of generative AI where the technology generates responses based on human inputs, has focused on responding to text. The latest version of OpenAI’s ChatGPT also has the ability to understand images and respond in text, much like Qwen-VL-Chat.

The Hangzhou-headquartered company this month open sourced two other AI models. While not earning Alibaba any licensing fees, the open-source distribution will help the company get more users for its AI model — at a time when the firm’s cloud division is looking to reignite growth, as it prepares to go public.

 

 

 

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