March 27, 2024
Saudi Arabia's strides in AI amidst global tech developments

Saudi Arabia’s KAUST Partners with Chinese Universities to Create AceGPT Arabic AI

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has joined forces with two Chinese universities to develop an Arabic-focused artificial intelligence (AI) system. According to information available on the project’s GitHub page, the model’s primary purpose is to serve as an AI assistant for Arabic speakers and provide responses in Arabic. However, the disclaimer notes that it may not yield satisfactory outcomes in other languages.

The significant language model (LLM), named AceGPT, is constructed upon Meta’s LlaMA2 and was introduced by a Chinese-American professor at KAUST in collaboration with the School of Data Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHKSZ), and the Shenzhen Research Institute of Big Data (SRIBD).

Furthermore, the developers have emphasized that the model has been improved to identify potential forms of misuse, including mishandling sensitive data, generating harmful content, propagating misinformation, or failing safety assessments. Nonetheless, the project has issued a caution to users, urging them to act responsibly due to the absence of comprehensive safety checks. They stated that there has not been an exhaustive safety check conducted on the model, so users should exercise caution.

AceGPT is reported to have been developed using open-source data and data generated by the researchers. This development aligns with Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to establish itself as a regional leader in emerging technologies, particularly in the field of AI. In July, the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia collaborated with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority on initiatives related to tokens and payments.

Earlier in February, the Saudi government partnered with the Sandbox metaverse platform to accelerate its future metaverse plans. In August, U.S. regulators initially instructed AI chip manufacturers Nvidia and AMD to limit exports of their advanced semiconductor chips, which are instrumental in AI development, to certain Middle Eastern countries. However, it was subsequently clarified that U.S. regulators had not explicitly blocked AI chip exports to the Middle East region.

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