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UAE-developed Arabic chatbot Jais Chat unveiled

A bilingual Arabic and English chatbot developed in the UAE, Jais Chat, has been unveiled by Core42, part of G42, Abu Dhabi’s artificial intelligence and cloud company.

The app, which can be downloaded for free on iPhone devices, speaks both Arabic and English. According to Core42, the app is designed with an Arabic-centric model for efficient processing of Arabic text.

Jais Chat’s interface is familiar to those who have used OpenAI’s ChatGPT or Microsoft’s CoPilot.

Users can use various prompts to get answers, gather information, and find solutions that might elude conventional search engines.

Jais Chat is based on G42’s major Arabic language model, Jais, which was released last year in collaboration with Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Silicon Valley-based Cerebras Systems.

“With its Arabic-first approach, Jais is reshaping the way bilingual individuals interact with technology, and with Jais Chat for mobile we are advancing our mission to democratize AI access for the world,” said Andrew Jackson, executive vice president and chief AI officer at Core42.

On a more specific level, Jais Chat uses ‘Jais 30B’, which developers say is trained on a dataset consisting of 126 billion Arabic tokens, 251 billion English tokens, and 50 billion code tokens.

In the world of AI, tokens are basic units used to calculate text, and higher token numbers produce better and more comprehensive results.

“As a result, Jais Chat delivers unparalleled results in Arabic language processing and accuracy, while delivering uncompromised English language processing, and competes with the best performing English language models of similar size,” said Core42.

Core42 said future versions of Jais Chat would enable document processing, voice conversation capabilities and business support with subscription models for companies looking for customized functionalities.

The name of the app, Jais, refers to the UAE’s highest mountain in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

Although Arabic is one of the most widespread languages ​​in the world, spoken by approximately 400 million people, it was not at the forefront of AI offerings during the initial growth of AI developments and major language models, with English being the most common. .

The complexity and diversified Arabic dialects, coupled with different language nuances, also posed a challenge for engineers and programmers trying to perfect machine learning technologies.

That changed last year with the introduction of several Arabic LLMs, including Jais, along with other advancements and efforts to include Arabic.

“Since Jais was founded in August 2023, the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Jackson said. “With the recent launch of Jais 30B, we have witnessed a significant improvement in performance data compared to its predecessor,” he said,

Core42 describes Jais 30B as “the most high-performance Arabic large-language model in the world.”

Updated: May 13, 2024, 9:33 AM