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China’s NetEase Launches ChatGPT Rival that Builds Apps with Text Prompts

One of China’s largest video gaming companies, NetEase, has introduced CodeWave, a “low-code” application development platform powered by its large language model (LLM).

This makes NetEase, the newest major Chinese tech company, to provide such artificial intelligence (AI) service, allowing users “to build apps with text prompts,” according to a new report by South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday.

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“The value of artificial intelligence has been put at the forefront of production in our society,” said Ding Lei, founder, and CEO of NetEase, the Hangzhou-based company. 

“We are entering an era of multiplied productivity.”

CodeWave’s platform generates the code necessary to develop the app from descriptions of the users’ intended app functionality, enabling enterprise customers to create straightforward applications without the need for complex programming abilities. 

The platform is a part of NetEase’s Digital Sail division, which provides conventional sectors with a variety of services, including cloud computing and digitization solutions.

According to NetEase, it wants to use generative artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance its asset management and business intelligence services. 

The company has been working on OpenAI’s GPT family of LLMs since 2018, and as of that time, NetEase has started investigating more than ten pre-training models in fields such as natural language processing, text-to-image conversion, and audio models. 

However, local rivals like Baidu and Alibaba, which have introduced their own ChatGPT-style services, Ernie Bot and Tongyi Qianwen, respectively, pose a severe threat to NetEase, noted SCMP

ChatGPT’s Chinese rivals 

The models from Baidu and Alibaba have already been incorporated into other AI products and services.

While Alibaba’s Tongyi Qianwen has been embedded in its online collaboration tool DingTalk and is anticipated to be integrated into Tmall Genie, the company’s smart home appliance, after being integrated into DingTalk, Baidu’s rival to ChatGPT, Ernie Bot, has been integrated into the company’s smart cloud product. 

The next-generation high-performance computing cluster was introduced earlier this month by Tencent’s cloud division. It offers computational capability for training LLMs and self-driving technologies with high bandwidth and low latency. 

The cloud-based machine learning platform used by TikTok owner ByteDance, which can assist in training LLMs with exceptionally low latency, was modified last week. 

The rivalry in this sector is expected to increase because so many businesses now provide services similar to ChatGPT.

Meanwhile, OpenAI may have gone a step further in providing “incognito mode,” which offers additional safety and privacy, by allowing ChatGPT users to disable chat history, which the business uses to train its language model.