Tongyi Wanxiang (‘Wanxiang’ means ‘tens of thousands of photos’) is the latest AI image creation model announced by Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of the Alibaba Group, during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2023. Enterprise customers in China can now participate in a beta test of the state-of-the-art generative AI model. Tongyi Wanxiang (literally “tens of thousands of images”) is a state-of-the-art AI image-generating model now in beta development and offered to enterprise customers in China.
In addition, the market leader in cloud computing has introduced ModelScopeGPT, a flexible framework for using several AI models on ModelScope to complete advanced and specialized AI tasks in the language, vision, and voice domains. ModelScope is a Model-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform with over 900 AI models released last year as open source by Alibaba Cloud.
The generative AI model is versatile and can produce rich images in a wide variety of styles in response to text prompts in both Chinese and English. These styles range from watercolors and oil paintings to sketches, flat illustrations, and 3D cartoons. In addition, the model can take any image and generate a similar-looking new image through “style transfer,” which keeps the original image’s content intact while giving it the visual style of another image. The model takes advantage of multilingual resources for better training, and it is powered by the cutting-edge technologies of Alibaba Cloud in knowledge arrangement, visual AI, and natural language processing (NLP). It has powerful semantic understanding capabilities, which lead to improved image quality and contextual relevance.
In addition, the model’s capability to generate high-contrast, visually beautiful images with clean backgrounds can be improved by optimizing the high-resolution diffusion process depending on the signal-to-noise ratio. Tongyi Wanxiang was built with Composer, a big proprietary model on Alibaba Cloud that allows for finer-grained control over image synthesis outcomes, including spatial arrangement and palette, without sacrificing picture synthesis quality or originality.
ModelScopeGPT, a robust framework built to make the most of the platform’s Large Language Models (LLMs), was also introduced by Alibaba Cloud. LLMs will be the controller for the vast network of ModelScope open-source community domain-specific expert models that ModelScopeGPT will bring together. ModelScopeGPT was developed using the several Model-as-a-Service options available on Alibaba Cloud. ModelScopeGPT is a free resource that can be used by businesses and developers to gain access to and run the most appropriate models for completing complex AI tasks per user request, such as creating multilingual films.
In April, Alibaba Cloud introduced a new LLM called Tongyi Qianwen to enhance the user experience across all of Alibaba’s operations. Customers and developers can use the model to cheaply make bespoke AI features for the company. There have been over 300,000 requests for beta testing since the model’s release from businesses across industries such as banking, electronics, transportation, apparel, and dairy.
With the addition of Tongyi Qianwen, Alibaba Cloud’s intelligent assistant, Tingwu can better understand and analyze multimedia information. Since its release, the AI-driven assistant has been used by over 360,000 people.
In addition to holding its first-ever AI Hackathon in China, ModelScope offered cash prizes and investment opportunities from top venture capital firms to encourage developing and implementing AI models in the industry. There were almost 300 teams that started, but only 56 advanced to the championship. Two courses were used for the final competition for the top prize. One must improve upon a substantial linguistic model to address a practical issue. The second is using already-trained models for a specific activity, such as text-to-image generation, or constructing an LLM-powered autonomous agent that knows which models to use for which jobs.
After the success of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot, many major Chinese tech firms are moving toward introducing their artificial intelligence products and services. Tongyi Qianwen, Alibaba’s artificial intelligence chatbot, was released in April to compete with ChatGPT.
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