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Alibaba research unit Damo unveils AI tailored for Southeast Asia – South China Morning Post

Alibaba research unit Damo unveils AI tailored for Southeast Asia – South China Morning Post

Alibaba research unit unveils AI tailored for Southeast Asia as e-commerce giant pushes large language models in fast-growth regionAlibaba Group Holding’s research unit Damo Academy has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) large language model (LLM) tailored for southeast Asian languages, highlighting the company’s ambition to grow markets in the wider region.The Southeast Asia LLM (SeaLLM) was pre-trained on Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Malay, Khmer, Lao, Tagalog, and Burmese data sets, and has outperformed other open-source models in linguistic and safety tasks, the Alibaba research arm said in a statement on Monday.This is Alibaba’s first region-specific LLM, with Southeast Asia seen as an important growth market. For example, Alibaba’s Southeast Asia e-commerce platform Lazada is targeting US$100 billion turnover by 2030 with 300 million consumers in the region. Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post.SeaLLM chat, a fine-tuned chat assistant that comes with the LLM, is designed to help businesses using the LLM to engage with Southeast Asia markets.05:03How does China’s AI stack up against ChatGPT?How does China’s AI stack up against ChatGPT?Damo’s new LLM signals that Chinese companies are still doubling down on the generative AI wave ushered in by OpenAI’s ChatGPT last year.As of July this year, a total of 130… 

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