China’s ChatGPT race heating up as JD releases plan to produce rival

JD is the latest tech behemoth to announce its plan to develop a large language model (LLM), following early movers such as Baidu, Alibaba and Huawei.

He Xiaodong, vice president of JD Group (京东集团, Nasdaq: JD), revealed at a high-profile summit on April 9 that the e-commerce giant will launch its own ChatGPT-like model called ChatJD this year to “meet real industrial needs.”

He made the remarks at the AI Big Model Technology Summit Forum held in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province.

According to him, ChatJD will feature hundreds of billions of pre-trained datasets, covering 3000 plus product categories.

JD’s generative AT chatbot will boast a manual approval rate of over 95% and generate over 3 billion words, he told the summit.

JD is the latest tech behemoth to announce its plan to develop a large language model (LLM), following early movers such as Baidu, Alibaba and Huawei.

At the forum, He charted a plan he called “125” — symbolizing one platform, two fields, and five applications — whereby JD will develop its LLM technologies.

The platform enables human-machine dialogue by understanding and generating tasks based on natural language processing, with an expected hundreds of billions of datasets to be trained.

ChatJD will be applied mainly in two fields, namely retail and finance. These are two industires JD has accumulated rich experience in over the course of a dozen years.

JD now boasts a four-layered knowledge system, over 40 independent subsystems, more than 3,000 intentions, and over 30 million high-quality Q&A knowledge points, covering the knowledge graphs for upwards of 10 million self-operated e-commerce goods, He said at the forum.

And the company will also deploy its ChatGPT variant to meet needs in five scenarios, including AIGC, human-machine dialogue, user intention recognition, information extraction, and emotion classification.

These usages will cover the most recurrent application scenarios in retail and finance.

Besides, ChatJD can also unleash widespread value in customer service, marketing text generation, product summary generation, e-commerce live streaming, digital humans, research report creation, and financial analysis, He added.

Apart from ChatJD, other tech titans have also unveiled their answers to ChatGPT, such as Baidu’s Ernie Bot, “Tongyi Qianwen” of Alibaba and Huawei’s Pangu AI chatbot.

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