Sunday, October 1, 2023
  • Alibaba will be the first Chinese company to use Meta’s Llama Artificial Intelligence model
  • Meta’s Llama 2 model, released in July 2023, will be freely available for research and commercial use
  • The integration of Meta’s AI model by Alibaba Cloud could have implications for reaffirming ties in China, where Meta’s Facebook platform has been banned since 2009

Alibaba, a leading e-commerce group in China, is making history by becoming the first Chinese company to utilize Meta’s open-source artificial intelligence (AI) model called Llama. This move will enable Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the company, to provide businesses with a zero-cost development platform for AI-powered programs and software.

According to a statement from Alibaba Cloud, they have deployed a Llama 2-based solution that allows developers to create customized large models using AI on the Alibaba Cloud platform. This launch comes after Meta released the Llama 2 model in July 2023, aiming to compete with other AI services like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard. Notably, Meta intends to offer Llama 2 as a free service for companies with fewer than 700 million monthly active users.

READ: Amazon launches new AI service to compete Google and ChatGPT

While this development marks a significant step for Alibaba Cloud and the AI industry in China, Meta remains committed to its partnership with Microsoft for the development of its generative AI tool. Llama 2, on the other hand, will be accessible for research and commercial use, promoting an open approach to enhance access to foundational AI technology for global businesses. Meta aims to support companies worldwide that are building products using Llama 2 and encourages cloud providers to incorporate the model into their offerings. Additionally, Meta emphasizes research efforts focused on ensuring the safe and responsible deployment of large generative models.

Alibaba Cloud’s adoption of Meta’s Llama 2 model places it alongside other prominent cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Service (AWS) that are leveraging this large language model.

The timing of this move is noteworthy as it comes in the aftermath of the United States’ decision in June 2023 to restrict the sale of specific AI processing hardware chipsets. This move by the US reflects its commitment to retaining a competitive advantage in the rapidly evolving field of AI tools.

READ: Elon Musk launches new Artificial Intelligence company xAI

Interestingly, the integration of Meta’s AI model into Alibaba’s services could potentially present an opportunity for reaffirming ties in China. Meta’s main platform, Facebook, has been banned in China since 2009, along with other Western-based social media and content platforms like Twitter and YouTube. This could indicate a way for Meta to establish a stronger presence in the Chinese market, which has its own unique set of regulations and platforms.

Overall, Alibaba’s utilization of Meta’s Llama 2 model represents a significant step forward for the AI industry in China. It opens up new possibilities for developers and businesses to harness the power of AI in their products and services. As AI technology continues to advance, strategic partnerships and open-source collaborations like this are essential for driving innovation and promoting responsible AI deployment globally.


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