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Alibaba Cloud Unveils AI Image Generation Model Tongyi Wanxiang

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Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, unveiled its AI image generator, Tongyi Wanxiang, which is now available for enterprise customers in China for beta testing.

The cloud pioneer also announced the launch of ModelScopeGPT, a versatile framework designed to assist users in accomplishing complex and specialized AI tasks across language, vision and speech domains by leveraging various AI models on ModelScope. ModelScope is an open-source Model-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform introduced by Alibaba Cloud last year featuring more than 900 AI models.

“Tongyi Wanxiang represents another significant milestone in our pursuit of advanced generative AI models as we continue to explore paradigm-shifting technologies that empower businesses and communities to unleash greater creativity and productivity,” said Jingren Zhou, CTO of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

“With the release of Tongyi Wanxiang, high-quality generative AI imagery will become more accessible, facilitating the development of innovative AI art and creative expressions for businesses across a wide range of sectors, including e-commerce, gaming, design and advertising.”

Introducing Tongyi Wanxiang for image generation

Launched at the recently concluded World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2023, Tongyi Wanxiang (‘Wanxiang’ means ‘tens of thousands of images’) is a generative AI model adept at handling various tasks, responding to text prompts in Chinese and English to generate detailed images in an array of styles, encompassing watercolors, oil and Chinese painting to animation, sketch, flat illustration and 3D cartoons. Moreover, the model can transform any image into a new one with a similar style and stylize images through style transfer, which preserves the content of the original image while applying the visual style of another picture.

Powered by Alibaba Cloud’s trailblazing technologies in knowledge arrangement, visual AI and natural language processing (NLP), the model leverages multilingual materials for enhanced training. It boasts a robust semantic comprehension capability, resulting in more accurate and contextually relevant image generation.

Additionally, by optimizing the high-resolution diffusion process based on the signal-to-noise ratio, the model can strike a balance between composition accuracy and detail sharpness while enhancing its ability to generate high-contrast, visually stunning images with clean backgrounds.

Tongyi Wanxiang was developed using Composer, Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary large model that enables greater control over the final image output such as spatial layout and palette while maintaining image synthesis quality and creativity.

Following are text-to-image generation examples by Tongyi Wanxiang:

A cityscape at twilight. A world merging modern architecture with the evocative aesthetics of anime.
Beautiful nature superimposed into an infinite loop sign with bright colors
Immersive, captivating, grayscale coloring featuring a tiger in the tranquil mandala forest. The image is composed of lines and brushstrokes.
A six-year-old girl’s beautiful and exquisite Chinese-style Hanfu is displayed in front of a clothes rack, medium close-up, 85mm lens.

Please refer to the demo video of Tongyi Wanxiang here:

Enterprise customers in China can apply for beta testing of Tongyi Wanxiang at

ModelScopeGPT launched for sophisticated AI tasks

Alibaba Cloud also unveiled ModelScopeGPT, a powerful framework designed to harness the power of Large Language Models (LLMs) available on the platform. ModelScopeGPT will use LLMs as a controller to connect an extensive array of domain-specific expert models in the ModelScope open-source community. Built within the rich Model-as-a-Service ecosystem, ModelScopeGPT leverages the various AI capabilities offered on Alibaba Cloud. Enterprises and developers can leverage ModelScopeGPT for free to access and execute the best-suited models for performing sophisticated AI tasks based on users’ requests such as developing multilingual videos.

Alibaba Cloud launched its LLM named Tongyi Qianwen in April and plans to integrate the LLM across Alibaba’s various businesses in order to improve user experience in the near future. The company’s customers and developers will also have access to the model to create customized AI features in a cost-effective way. Since the model’s launch, more than 300,000 beta testing requests have been received from enterprises from a broad range of sectors, including fintech, electronics, transport, fashion and dairy.

Tongyi Qianwen has also been integrated into Alibaba Cloud’s intelligent assistant, Tingwu, enabling the assistant to comprehend and analyze multimedia content with high levels of accuracy and efficiency. More than 360,000 users have accessed the AI-powered assistant since its launch.

AI Hackathon competition to inspire innovation

ModelScope also hosted its first ever AI Hackathon in China to facilitate the industrial applications of AI models, with cash prize awards and funding opportunities from leading venture capital firms as incentives.

From more than 300 participating teams, 56 teams made it to the final round. Participants competed for the grand prize on two tracks. One is to innovate upon a large language model to solve a real-life problem. The second is to leverage existing pretrained models to complete an assigned task such as text-to-image generation or to build an LLM-powered autonomous agent to utilize the right models for specific tasks.

“By hosting competitions and other community events, we want to engage with more developers and entrepreneurs and to encourage them to bring their ideas to life, unlock productivity, and create more versatile AI tools that transform and shape the future of our industries,” said Zhou.

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