King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has collaborated with two Chinese universities to create an artificial intelligence system focused on the Arabic language.
The Large Language Model (LLM) called AceGPT is built on Meta’s LlaMA2 and launched by a Chinese-American professor at KAUST in collaboration with the School of Data Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHKSZ) and the Shenzhen Research Institute. Big Data (SRIBD).
According to the project’s GitHub website pageThe model is designed to act as an AI assistant for Arabic speakers and answers queries in Arabic. However, the disclaimer said it may not produce “satisfactory results” in other languages.
Additionally, the developers said the model has been improved to identify potential types of misuse including mishandling sensitive information, producing malicious content, perpetuating misinformation, or failing safety checks.
However, the project also warned users to be responsible in their use due to the lack of safety checks.
“We have not performed a comprehensive safety check on the model, so users should be careful. We cannot overemphasize the need for responsible and judicious use of our model.
AceGPT is said to be built from open source data and data formulated by researchers.
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This development comes as Saudi Arabia continues to make efforts to become a regional leader in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. In July, the Saudi Central Bank cooperated with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority on tokens and payments.
Before that, in February, the Saudi government partnered with the Sandbox metaverse platform to accelerate future Metaverse plans.
In August, US regulators asked AI chip maker Nvidia and its rival AMD to vaguely limit exports of high-end semiconductor chips used to develop artificial intelligence to “certain” Middle Eastern countries.
However, US regulators have since denied explicitly blocking exports of AI chips to the Middle East.
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