Competition in presenting innovations with artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly fierce. Now, the turn of ByteDancethe Chinese company behind the TikTokinvest in the segment, as the company is supposedly planning to launch a platform to compete directly with OpenAI. The project, described as a development platform for botsshould allow users to create their own chatbots generative technologies powered by artificial intelligence, according to information from an internal memo to which the South China Morning Post had exclusive access.
The platform does not yet have a name, and although specific details about the project are still scarce, the memo mentions that the platform builder bots DIY is part of ByteDance’s revamped corporate strategy, which seeks explore new generative AI products and their integration with existing ones. A beta version of the platform is expected by the end of this year.
The project enters into direct competition with the tools of the ChatGPT, which allow the personalized creation of generative models without requiring prior programming experience. OpenAI also recently announced the GPT Store, a platform for verified users to share their AI-powered creations, which would initially launch this year. However, last week, it backtracked and postponed the launch until early 2024, due to unexpected things keeping us busy (in a clear reference to the firing and sudden rehiring of Sam Altmanlast month).
Meanwhile, ByteDance has also been busy releasing its own chatbot, Doubao. Also according to the South China Morning Post, the company would also be developing an alternative to popular AI image generators, such as Midjourney, Stable Diffusion and DALL-E.
With its vast TikTok user base, ByteDance seeks to position itself as a significant force in the field of generative AI. However, having an AI image generator built into an app like TikTok, which has over 3.5 billion downloads, could equip malicious users with a convenient way to flood the social network with deepfakes.
ByteDance did not respond to requests for clarification from the largest international press outlets, including the South China Morning Post itself. But, it is speculated that the launch of the platform would mark a new foray into the AI revolution by the biggest startup in the world, a private company valued at at least US$1 billion, and would also raise new security concerns, especially in the United States, where the company is being investigated for its ties to China and for collecting more user information than other social networks .
* With information from South China Morning Post and Fast Company | Cover photo: Getty Images
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