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BharatGPT AI: India’s Answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT?

Last Updated February 22, 2024 9:51 AM
Samantha Dunn
Last Updated February 22, 2024 9:51 AM

Key Takeaways

  • The development of Hanooman is the result of a partnership between Reliance Industries and eight leading universities.
  • The AI model prioritizes governance, healthcare, education, and financial services.
  • Hanooman is making advanced AI technologies accessible in up to 11 local languages.

BharatGPT, backed by India’s mega-group Reliance Industries, is set to unveil its ChatGPT-style AI model, Hanooman, next month according to local media  reports, marking a significant milestone in India’s journey towards becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence.

By focusing on key areas such as governance, healthcare, education, and financial services, Hanooman aims to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the country today.

Hanooman Expanding AI’s Capabilities in India

Named after the mythical Hindu deity known for his strength and intelligence, Hanooman represents a significant leap forward in making advanced AI technologies accessible in up to 11 local languages, catering to a diverse Indian demographic.

The BharatGPT group provided a look at the large language model Tuesday during a technology conference in Mumbai. In the video , a bike mechanic is shown posing a question in Tamil, a banker conversing in Hindi with the AI bot, and a developer showcased utilizing the AI model to write computer code.

The Large Language Model, similar to ChatGPT, is the result of a collaboration between Reliance Industries and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay, which goes back to 2014.

Hanooman will join India’s India’s first AI language model unicorn, Krutrim, which raised $50 million at a $1 billion valuation in January 2024. Built to drive India’s AI capabilities

Sam Altman Backlash

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman sparked backlash  on June 7, 2023, during an event held in Delhi. Altman was questioned about the feasibility of three Indian engineers with a $10 million budget developing a counterpart to OpenAI. Altman described the prospect of a fledgling Indian team, operating with constrained resources, attempting to create an AI model on par with OpenAI as “hopeless.”

He articulated, “The way this works is we’re going to tell you, it’s totally hopeless to compete with us on training foundation models [and] you shouldn’t try. And it’s your job to try anyway. And I believe both of those things. I think it is pretty hopeless,” Altman remarked.

The remarks made by Altman led to an immediate and sharp response online. Several individuals from India, took to online platforms, perceiving his comments as a slight against the nation’s capabilities. In a notable response, CP Gurnani, the 64-year-old CEO of Tech Mahindra, a leading Indian outsourcing firm, retweeted Altman’s statement with a message, “Dear @sama, From one CEO to another.. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED,” signaling a readiness to take on the challenge despite the skepticism expressed by Altman.

Altman later clarified in a Tweet that his comments were taken out of context.

Looking Ahead: India’s AI Ambitions

The Indian Government is expected to produce a draft regulatory framework  for AI by July 2024. The Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar addressed this at the Nasscom leadership summit in Mumbai on February 20:

“The Government is working on a draft AI regulation framework that is set for release in June or July this year. The intention is to harness AI for economic growth and address potential risks and harms.”

As India develops its AI capabilities it will face the challenges other nations face in balancing innovation  with regulation. If successful, the launch of Hanooman will position India as a competitor to ChatGPT in the race to build and develop AI technology.

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