Generative AI craze hits TikTok owner ByteDance

Generative AI craze hits TikTok owner ByteDance

Generative AI craze hits TikTok owner ByteDance
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Reported by South China Morning Post, an an effort to keep up with the intense rivalry that began with the introduction of ChatGPT last year, ByteDance, the Chinese firm that owns TikTok, is developing an open platform that will let users design their chatbots.

An internal memo from the Post states that the “bot development platform” will be made available to the public as a beta by the end of the month.

According to the companywide notice, the action aligns with its new strategic vision to “explore new generative AI products and how they can integrate with the existing ones.”

A person who knows the situation claims that the social media behemoth has already begun developing a text-to-image generator akin to Midjourney.

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On Monday, ByteDance did not immediately reply to a comment request.

Since its inception, China’s most valuable unicorn has been known to use artificial intelligence in some capacity. TikTok’s popularity is attributed to its recommendation algorithms, regarded as its “secret sauce.”

It is now entering a new industry where large language models (LLMs) are offered as a service. Numerous other major IT companies have followed suit, such as Microsoft-backed startup OpenAI, which is the source of ChatGPT. It began enabling anyone last month to create personalized ChatGPT versions for specific purposes without needing any prior coding knowledge.

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In March, cloud unit of Baidu—the first Chinese tech giant to introduce a rival ChatGPT product called Ernie Bot—released Qianfan, a one-stop shop where business users can create LLMs and related services.

The South China Morning Post’s owner, Alibaba Group Holding, also owns Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing division. In October, Bailian was introduced, a comparable platform for working on customized large language models.

Other businesses with comparable offerings, including Google with its Bard chatbot, have followed suit. OpenAI has yet to open up operations in mainland China or Hong Kong. On the other hand, Microsoft has been promoting its GPT-enabled Copilot throughout Asia, particularly in Hong Kong.

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