China's Alibaba Launches AI Image Generator To Take on Midjourney and DALL-E


Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd announced, an artificial intelligence (AI) image generator, initially available to enterprise customers in beta form, as it ramps up its offerings in the fast-growing AI sector. The image generator, Tongyi Wanxiang, will compete with OpenAI's DALL-E and Midjourney Inc's Midjourney, U.S.-based rivals that have gained a large following worldwide.

Alibaba Cloud, recently formed from a massive overhaul that split the Chinese tech major into six units, has also released a ChatGPT-like text generator, Tongyi Qianwen, which was launched in April. Several large Chinese tech companies are moving aggressively to roll out AI products and services following the success of OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot. McKinsey estimates that generative AI could eventually add $7.3 trillion in value to the world economy each year.

Baidu Inc and SenseTime Group Inc <0020.HK > also recently unveiled AI image generators, although generative AI services have yet to receive regulatory approval for wide distribution in China.Alibaba Cloud has also rolled out ModelScopeGPT, an AI tool for developers. The Tongyi Wanxiang image generator, which roughly translates as "truth from tens of thousands of pictures", was revealed at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.

Chinese multinational technology corporation Alibaba Group Holding Limited, also known as Alibaba, specializes in e-commerce, retail, the Internet, and technology. The company, which was established on June 28, 1999, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, offers electronic payment services, shopping search engines, cloud computing services, as well as consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer, and business-to-business sales services via web portals. It manages a diversified portfolio of businesses in many different industries around the world.

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