Tencent Holdings announced on Thursday (7 Sept) that its large language model (LLM) “Hunyuan” has debuted for enterprise use.
Tencent demonstrated the AI model to a live audience at a Shenzhen conference showing how it is capable of conversing in both Chinese and English.
With Hunyuan’s launch, Tencent joins a number of other Chinese companies to release AI models in recent months. Baidu, China’s largest search engine, released its AI chatbot, Ernie 3.5, following regulatory approval on 5 September.
Baidu CEO, Robin Li, disclosed at an industry event last week that over 70 LLMs are now available in China.
Hunyuan has over 100 billion parameters and was trained with 2 trillion tokens, Reuters reported. For comparison, OpenAI’s GPT-3 AI model had 175 billion parameters in 2020 and Meta’s Llama 2 model had 70 billion parameters in 2023.
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Tencent claimed that Hunyuan has 30% fewer hallucinations than Meta’s Llama-2, though these claims have not been independently verified. AI hallucination is the scenario in which an LLM makes up false information which is not based on real data or events.