Abu Dhabi’s AI Venture, AI71, Emerges as a Challenger to OpenAI


In a groundbreaking move, the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) of Abu Dhabi has unveiled AI71, a formidable AI entity set to compete with renowned AI labs, notably OpenAI. The announcement unfolded at an exclusive launch event in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

AI71, the culmination of extensive AI research and development initiatives spearheaded by the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), is set to carve its niche by specializing in the promotion and support of the Falcon Large Language Model (LLM), introduced by TII earlier this year.

It was announced in the LinkedIn article. Check out the post here.

The company commences its journey with three distinctive vertical platforms: LAW71, RAZI71, and ASK71, each tailored to specific domains. The roadmap hints at the unveiling of additional platforms in the near future.

A pivotal player in the inception of this innovative venture is VentureOne, the technology commercialization arm of ATRC, reaffirming Abu Dhabi’s stance in the fiercely competitive landscape of artificial intelligence.

UAE’s AI Prowess

The UAE has emerged as a powerhouse of AI innovations, with TII and G42 taking the lead in launching Large Language Models (LLMs) within the country. Following the release of the Falcon 40B earlier this year, TII introduced the Falcon 180B LLM a few months ago, marking a significant advancement in AI capabilities.

Moreover, the UAE is not only advancing on a global scale but is also tailoring developments to its demographics. Earlier this month, Core42 introduced an Arabic Large Language Model, Jais 30B, a 30 billion parameter model that stands as the sole Arabic open-source LLM available. This follows the August launch of Jais 13B, a product of collaboration between Core42, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, and Cerebras Systems.

These strides underscore the UAE’s relentless pursuit of dominance in the AI sector, solidifying its position as a key player in shaping the future of artificial intelligence.

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