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Welsh Government agrees partnership with OpenAI


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The Welsh Government has announced a new data partnership with OpenAI to improve how AI technologies work in the Welsh language.

It said the agreement with the developer of ChatGPT software will open up the use of Welsh language resources in developing solutions.

Jeremy Miles, cabinet secretary for the economy, energy and Welsh language, said: “All of us use technology one way or another, and increasingly, we’re seeing AI being used in more situations.

“I’m excited to see how the new data partnership with OpenAI will lead to improving how AI-technologies work in Welsh. Working with OpenAI in the past, we’ve been able to share Welsh language resources and Welsh Government funded components.

“The partnership will build open data archives to contribute data to the research community, to improve linguistic performance of AI models and applications.”

Invitation for ideas

He invited people to submit information or ideas, through the Welsh Government’s website, about what technological developments would help them use more Welsh, and what needs to happen to make it easier for them to use technology in Welsh.

Anna Makanju, vice president of global affairs at OpenAI, said: “, we want our models to understand as many languages and cultures as possible, so they can benefit as many people as possible.

“Since the Welsh Government published its Welsh language technology action plan in 2018, it has funded, created, and worked on many of the digital components that the language needs.”

The move has been made as part of a broader push to further promote the use of Welsh, including a plan for a Welsh Language Education Bill, increasing transmission of language within communities, and supporting economic development in those that have high densities of Welsh speakers.

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