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MOSS is China’s latest attempt to develop a large-scale conversational language model. This model was recently released. An artificial intelligence chatbot is being promoted as a possible alternative to the US-developed ChatGPT. It is now available for public testing across the continent.
The Natural Language Processing Laboratory at Fudan University in Shanghai, which is in charge of making MOSS, is located in Shanghai. The Ministry of Education has named this school a first-class double university and a member of the prestigious C9 League. The C9 League is a group of nine universities chosen by the Chinese government to improve and promote higher education.
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MOSS can do many things, such as create dialog and computer code, answer questions, and more. Through the website https://moss.fastnlp.top/, the group led by Professor Qiu Xipeng has made it available to the general public. After providing a mobile phone number, a user who does not yet have an invitation code to try MOSS can sign up for the “waiting list”.
On the other hand, due to the huge number of people visiting the website on the night of February 20, the MOSS server was flooded, resulting in drastically longer response times. However, although the Chinese chatbot is not as smart or advanced as ChatGPT, it can still perform activities that include language.
“While there is plenty of room for development, the arrival of MOSS indicates that Chinese research teams have the potential to overcome technological hurdles in building products similar to ChatGPT,” said Dr. Xipeng Qiu, professor of computer science at Fudan University. Furthermore, he revealed that the Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is providing substantial assistance to the project.
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MOSS is not an abbreviation for any particular terminology, unlike the nickname “ChatGPT”, which is an acronym for “Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer”. The Chinese science fiction film series Wandering Earth, in which a super-intelligent quantum computer is called MOSS, is believed to have inspired MOSS.
People in China think that the MOSS chatbot is one of the best ways to fight against ChatGPT. However, he has a big problem with the language because he was made to speak mainly in English instead of Mandarin. MOSS knows more than 30 billion Chinese words, although its database contains more than 300 billion English words. This is a big problem for the Chinese app, which had planned to capture the market in the language of its intended users.
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Fudan Language Lab programmers are working hard to improve the chatbot’s ability to speak Chinese and understand and follow instructions. But there are still many issues that need to be fixed before AI chatbots like this can be used by large numbers of people.
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