China’s Alibaba invites businesses to trial AI chatbot

Tech giant Alibaba (9988.HK) is seeking companies to test its Tongyi Qianwen AI chatbot.
The free-to-use ChatGPT, a large language model (LLM) application created by Microsoft-backed (MSFT.O) OpenAI, was released to the public last November and can generate articles and essays on demand in response to user prompts.
According to international media reports, Alibaba has opened up registration for businesses to conduct testing for its AI application.
Alibaba’s cloud computing division published a teaser on Friday, posting a message on social media simply stating: “Hello, my name is Tongyi Qianwen, this is our first time meeting, I welcome your feedback.”
The official website for the chatbot application merely has boxes to enter phone numbers and email addresses to request an invitation but provides no specific details about its exact use.
A formal launch is expected at an Alibaba Cloud event on Tuesday. Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group as well as the company’s cloud division, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Others to have joined the AI chatbot race include Baidu Inc (9998.HK), with its Ernie Bot application open only to trial users at the moment.