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Hanooman, India’s Own ChatGPT

BharatGPT group, which is backed by Reliance Industries, is set to come out with an indigenous ChatGPT-style service next month, in what may be a shot in the arm for...

BharatGPT group, which is backed by Reliance Industries, is set to come out with an indigenous ChatGPT-style service next month, in what may be a shot in the arm for India’s artificial intelligence (AI) aspirations. The model is being developed in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology universities and is backed by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

Hanooman, India’s Own ChatGPT

Why In News

  • BharatGPT group, which is backed by Reliance Industries, is set to come out with an indigenous ChatGPT-style service next month, in what may be a shot in the arm for India’s artificial intelligence (AI) aspirations.
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How Is Hanooman Being Developed

  • The model is being developed in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology universities and is backed by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
  • Other startups such as Sarvam and Krutrim backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Vinod Khosla’s fund, are also building open-sourced AI models for India.
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Hanooman BharatGPT

  • BharatGPT group, encompassing an arm of India’s most valuable company and eight affiliated universities, offered a sneak peek of the large language model during a technology conference in Mumbai.
  • In a video played before delegates, a motorcycle mechanic in southern India queried an AI bot in his native Tamil, a banker conversed with the tool in Hindi, and a developer in Hyderabad used it to write computer code.
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  • The model, named Hanooman, after the Hindi deity Hanuman, is being developed in collaboration with eight Indian Institute of Technology universities, and with the backing of the government.
  • The model is expected to offer services in four different fields—financial services, healthcare, education, and governance—and will work via 11 local languages.
  • A sneak peek of the model was offered during the recent technology conference that was held in Mumbai.
  • At the technology conference, the model displayed a bike mechanic interacting with the AI bot in Tamil and a banker interacting with it in Hindi.
  • Besides, a developer from Hyderabad used the AI robot to write computer code.
  • Ganesh Ramakrishnan, chair of IIT Bombay’s department of computer science and engineering, remarked that the AI robot will offer speech-to-text capabilities, making it highly user-friendly, reported Bloomberg. Reliance Jio will build customized models for specific uses, he added.
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  • If successful, the model — dubbed Hanooman— will represent an advance for India in the accelerating race to develop potentially transformative AI technology.
  • BharatGPT envisions the model working via 11 local languages in four main fields: health care, governance, financial services and education.
  • It developed the model in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology universities including in Bombay, backed by wireless carrier Reliance Jio Infocomm and Centre.
  • Hanooman will also offer speech-to-text capabilities, making it vastly more user-friendly, he said in an interview on the sidelines of the annual Nasscom IT industry conference.
  • In a country of 1.4 billion, millions cannot read or write. Reliance Jio will build customized models for specific uses. The telecom-to-retail conglomerate is already working on Jio Brain, a platform to use AI across a network of about 450 million subscribers.
  • LLMs are systems that learn from vast quantities of data and generate natural-sounding responses. Such models harness generative AI, a newer type of artificial intelligence popularized by the success of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
  • BharatGPT’s effort in this space is somewhat unique — it’s the first private-public partnership of its kind in the country, and involves major players in disparate fields.
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