China has set up a new government body that will be responsible for implementing a national standard for large language models (LLMs) – representing the technology used to train artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots like ChatGPT – as Beijing seeks to minimise potential disruption from this field, while harnessing its power to help transform traditional industries.
The China Electronic Standardisation Institute, which is under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), is currently in the process of enacting a local standard for LLMs to support the growing number of fresh AI development initiatives now under way across the mainland, the agency announced on Friday at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai.
Still, internet regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has yet to issue a licence for any generative AI product in the country, even as Big Tech firms like Baidu, Alibaba and iFlytek have rolled out ChatGPT-like services on a trial basis.Source – SCMP
It’s still the wild west (or wild east?) out there, but it’s only a matter of time before regulation is finalised and implemented in all countries.