Meet Alibaba’s ChatGPT Competitor Tongyi Qianwen: a Large Language Model that will be Embedded in its Tmall Genie Smart Speakers and Workplace Messaging Platform DingTalk


Artificial intelligence has been rapidly growing in popularity and importance in the tech industry over the past few years, with companies investing heavily in AI research and development. One particular area where AI is making waves is in the creation of AI chatbots, which are designed to assist with a variety of tasks ranging from customer service to office management. Recently, Chinese cloud companies such as Alibaba Cloud have been stepping up their efforts to launch AI chatbots in order to compete with American counterparts such as OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google.

One such AI chatbot is Alibaba Cloud’s Tongyi Qianwen, which claims to be “a large model that specifically responds to human instructions, an efficiency assistant, and an idea generator.” Tongyi Qianwen is designed to assist with various tasks, including making summaries for meetings or documents, drafting copywriting, generating pictures, planning itineraries, providing shopping suggestions, and even generating apps from functional sketches uploaded by users. The AI chatbot is intended to be an all-in-one solution for businesses and individuals looking to streamline their operations and increase productivity.

Alibaba Cloud CEO Zhang Yong stated at a recent developer conference that in the future, all products of Alibaba will be imported into the model of Tongyi Qianwen for transformation. Currently, Alibaba’s enterprise instant messaging software DingTalk and smart speaker Tmall Genie are testing services that integrate their models. For example, they can make key summaries of online meetings or chat messages and generate pending issues, and then send them to groups. This integration allows businesses to benefit from the efficiency and convenience of Tongyi Qianwen in their daily operations.

Alibaba Cloud Intelligence has also announced plans to open the basic model of Tongyi Qianwen in the future, allowing enterprises to create their own large-scale language models and services. The business model involves developers or enterprises purchasing Alibaba Cloud’s computing and software platform services to develop, train, or deploy their AI applications. This move will further increase the adoption of AI chatbots in the business world and provide more opportunities for businesses to customize and optimize their AI chatbot solutions.

Tongyi Qianwen faces stiff competition from other Chinese cloud companies such as Baidu’s Wenxin Yiyan, SenseTime’s SenseNova, and 360’s 360 Zhinao. Baidu’s Wenxin Yiyan is a voice assistant that is designed to understand the Chinese language and culture. SenseTime’s SenseNova is similar to ChatGPT and is designed to provide natural language processing and AI chatbot services. 360 Zhinao is based on 360GPT, the company’s model for large-scale language processing.

The emergence of AI chatbots from Chinese cloud companies demonstrates the growing importance of AI in the tech industry. The competition between Chinese and American companies in this field is fierce, and it remains to be seen which AI chatbot will emerge as the market leader. However, it is clear that the trend towards AI assistants is likely to continue in the coming years. With the increasing demand for automation and efficiency in the business world, AI chatbots are poised to play an important role in helping businesses to optimize their operations and increase productivity.

One potential concern with the increasing adoption of AI chatbots is the potential displacement of human workers. While AI chatbots can certainly help businesses to automate certain tasks and increase efficiency, they are not a complete substitute for human workers. It is important for businesses to consider the potential impact of AI chatbots on their workforce and take steps to ensure that their employees are able to adapt and evolve in the face of changing technological trends.


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Niharika is a Technical consulting intern at Marktechpost. She is a third year undergraduate, currently pursuing her B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kharagpur. She is a highly enthusiastic individual with a keen interest in Machine learning, Data science and AI and an avid reader of the latest developments in these fields.