BgGPT has been developed for the Bulgarian state. Users, public and private organizations can now register to test the product
The INSAIT Institute at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” has officially launched BgGPT – the first open, large-scale, last-generation artificial intelligence language model in Bulgarian language. The product will be freely available to Bulgarian public and private organisations. Registrations are now open for those wishing to test working with the system via a bot, API access to develop their own applications, direct access to the model for customisation, and for training on specific own or company data.
The product launch was attended by Prime Minister Acad. Nikolay Denkov, Minister of Education and Science prof. Galin Tsokov and the Rector of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – prof. Georgi Valchev.
BgGPT is specially trained for the specifics of the Bulgarian language, which will allow the creation of applications and solutions for the benefit of Bulgarian education, business, healthcare, public administration and others, according to the official announcement of Sofia University. In its first version, the model was trained on over 3 billion sentences and consisted of 7 billion parameters.
What is different from other platforms such as ChatGPT, Bard, Bing is that BgGPT is not corporate owned and can be freely used by Bulgarian public and private organizations. It is also a strategic advantage for Bulgaria’s national security that the data used to create the model is not shared with foreign corporations.
BgGPT will be fully available on 3 March 2024 at https://bggpt.ai. Users can now request early access here. In this first phase, priority will be given to users from scientific, educational, public and business organisations. INSAIT will also hold outreach meetings and events with the tech community.
According to prof. Martin Vechev, Full Professor at ETH Zurich, Founder and Architect of INSAIT and tech entrepreneur, the AI model in Bulgarian positions our country as one of the few countries in the world that has its own GPT technology, which will be accessible to all and will be independent of large private corporations. The development of the Sofia-based scientific institute makes the clear statement that Bulgaria can be a technological leader, not just a consumer of new technologies.
The INSAIT Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology was opened in Sofia less than two years ago. It is structured as a special unit of Sofia University. It works in partnership with the Swiss ETH Zurich and EPFL – leading technological universities in the world. INSAIT’s main focus is on scientific excellence: conducting world-class research in our country, attracting international scientists of outstanding achievements to work in Bulgaria, and training the next generation of students and technology leaders to choose to work and develop in Bulgaria instead of abroad.