How China is building a parallel generative AI universe TechCrunch

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  • The open source AI model is trained on 20 million filtered Chinese image-text pairs and has one billion parameters.Unlike Baidu and other profit-driven tech firms, IDEA is one of a handful of institutions backed by local governments in recent years to work on cutting-edge technologies.
  • Based in the tech hub of Shenzhen and supported by one of China’s wealthiest cities, it’s an up-and-coming outfit worth watching.China’s generative AI tools aren’t just characterized by the domestic data they learn from; they are also shaped by local laws.
  • The fact that prompts can be traced to one’s real identity inevitably has a restrictive impact on user behavior.But on the bright side, these rules could lead to more responsible use of generative AI, which is already being abused elsewhere to churn out NSFW and sexist content.
  • That’s because “a large portion” of Baidu’s AI cloud business “does not rely too much on the highly advanced chips.” And in cases where it does need high-end chips, it has “already stocked enough in hand, actually, to support our business in the near term.”What about the future?
  • The two companies worked on algorithms that generated fashion models of all shapes, colors, and races.But some entrepreneurs don’t believe their AI-powered SaaS will see the type of skyrocketing valuation and meteoric growth their Western counterparts, like Jasper and Stability AI, are enjoying.
  • The really skilled ones are also selling their prompts to others who want to join the money-making game — or even train them for a fee.Others in China are using AI in their formal jobs like the rest of the world.
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