US-China tech war: Beijing-funded AI researchers surpass Google and OpenAI with new language processing model


The WuDao 2.0 natural language processing model had 1.75 trillion parameters, topping the 1.6 trillion that Google unveiled in a similar model in January. China has been pouring money into AI to try to close the gap with the US, which maintains an edge because of its dominance in semiconductors. — SCMP

A government-funded artificial intelligence (AI) institute in Beijing unveiled on Monday the world’s most sophisticated natural language processing (NLP) model, surpassing those from Google and OpenAI, as China seeks to increase its technological competitiveness on the world stage.

The WuDao 2.0 model is a pre-trained AI model that uses 1.75 trillion parameters to simulate conversational speech, write poems, understand pictures and even generate recipes. The project was led by the non-profit research institute Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) and developed with more than 100 scientists from multiple organisations.

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