China approves over 40 AI models for public use in past six months
HONG KONG: (Reuters) China has approved more than 40 artificial intelligence (AI) models for public use in the first six months since authorities began the approval process, as the country strives to catch up to the U.S. in AI development, according to Chinese media.
Chinese regulators granted approvals to a total of 14 large language models (LLM) for public use last week, Chinese state-backed Securities Times reported. It marks the fourth batch of approvals China has granted, which counts Xiaomi Corp, 4Paradigm, and 01.AI among the recipients.
Beijing started requiring tech companies to obtain approval from regulators to open their LLMs to the public last August. It underscored China’s approach towards developing AI technology while striving to keep it under its purview and control.
Beijing approved its first batch of AI models in August shortly after the approval process was adopted. Baidu, Alibaba, and ByteDance were among China’s first companies to receive approvals.
Chinese regulators then granted two more batches of approvals in November and December before another batch was given the greenlight this month. While the government has not disclosed the exact list of approved companies available for public checks, Securities Times said.