Jun 28, 2024 04:44 PM

Iflytek Challenges OpenAI With New Version

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What’s new: Iflytek Co. Ltd. (002230.SZ) has launched an upgraded version of its artificial intelligence (AI) model, which it said is on par with OpenAI’s current top model GPT-4 Turbo.

The Spark 4.0 large language model (LLM) outperforms GPT-4 Turbo in language comprehension, logical reasoning, mathematical skills and knowledge-based answering, Liu Qingfeng, chairman of the Hefei-based speech-recognition and AI company, said Thursday at a launch event in Beijing.

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  • Iflytek launched Spark 4.0, claiming it outperforms GPT-4 Turbo in specific areas but lags in coding and multimodal generation.
  • Spark 4.0 is seen as behind OpenAI's upcoming GPT-5, requiring potentially over a year for Iflytek to catch up.
  • The launch follows Spark 3.5, with generative AI adoption expected to exceed 80% globally by 2026, according to Gartner.
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Who’s Who
Iflytek Co. Ltd.
Iflytek Co. Ltd. (002230.SZ) is a Hefei-based speech-recognition and AI company. They recently launched Spark 4.0, an AI model said to rival OpenAI's GPT-4 Turbo in language comprehension, logical reasoning, mathematical skills, and knowledge-based answering, while trailing in coding and multimodal generation. Despite advancements, it will lag behind OpenAI's upcoming GPT-5 due to training duration and parameters.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a prominent Chinese tech company known for its expertise in telecommunications and consumer electronics. Iflytek's Spark 3.5 AI model was exclusively trained using Huawei's Ascend line of chips. Huawei's involvement signifies its active participation and influence in the AI and tech industries.
OpenAI is developing GPT-5, a large language model with extended training and more parameters compared to its previous models. Its current top model is GPT-4 Turbo. GPT-5 is expected to further extend OpenAI's lead in AI technology, especially in areas like coding and multimodal generation, where Iflytek's Spark 4.0 still lags behind.
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What Happened When
By May 2023:
Iflytek launched its Spark LLM.
January 27, 2024:
Iflytek unveiled Spark 3.5, the model’s previous version, which closely matches the capabilities of GPT-4 Turbo.
Thursday, June 27, 2024:
Liu Qingfeng, chairman of Iflytek, announced the launch of Spark 4.0 at an event in Beijing.
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