Ola CEO AI Startup to Launch Multilingual AI Model Krutrim in 2023

One of the main products of Krutrim Si Designs is Krutrim, a multilingual AI model that can understand and generate text in multiple Indian languages, such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali. Krutrim, which means “artificial” in Sanskrit, is India’s first large language model (LLM), which is a type of AI model that can learn from a large amount of text data and produce new text based on the learned patterns and structure.

India is a country of diversity, with hundreds of languages spoken by its 1.4 billion people. However, most of the existing artificial intelligence (AI) models are trained on English data, which limits their ability to understand and generate content in other languages. This poses a challenge for India’s digital transformation, as well as its cultural and linguistic identity.

To address this gap, Ola, the leading ride-hailing company in India, has launched its own AI venture, called Krutrim Si Designs. The venture aims to create India’s first full-stack AI solution, built on Indian knowledge, languages, and data. The venture is led by Ola’s co-founder and CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal, who is also a serial entrepreneur and an AI enthusiast.

Krutrim is powered by a deep learning model that has been trained on over 2 trillion tokens, which are subwords used in conversations. The model can handle 20 Indian languages and generate text in 10 Indian languages. The model can also handle mixed languages, such as Hinglish, which is a combination of Hindi and English.

Krutrim can be used for various purposes, such as data augmentation, data synthesis, data anonymization, data completion, and data transformation. For example, Krutrim can generate stories, poems, jokes, or code in different languages, or translate text from one language to another. Krutrim can also be used to create chatbots, voice assistants, or content platforms that can cater to the diverse and multilingual needs of Indian users.

Krutrim is not only a technological innovation, but also a cultural and social one. Aggarwal believes that Krutrim can help preserve and promote India’s rich and diverse heritage, as well as empower and enable millions of Indians to access and benefit from the digital economy. He said, “The AI models known around the world are trained largely in English. They cannot capture our culture, language and ethos. It’s uniquely Indian.”

Krutrim is currently in beta version and will be officially launched in 2022. The venture also plans to launch Krutrim Pro, which is a more advanced and multimodal AI model that can handle not only text, but also images, audio, and video. Krutrim Pro will have more capabilities and features, such as problem-solving, task execution, and knowledge extraction.

It is not the only product of Krutrim Si Designs. The venture is also developing its own data centers, servers, and supercomputers, which will support the AI ecosystem in India. The venture aims to create a complete and integrated AI stack, from hardware to software, that can compete with the global giants, such as Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI.

Krutrim Si Designs is one of the many initiatives that Ola has taken to advance India’s AI potential and leadership. Ola has also invested in other AI startups, such as Sarvam, which has recently launched OpenHathi, an open-source Hindi LLM. Ola has also deployed AI solutions within its own ride-hailing platform, such as voice chat, sales calls, and customer support emails.

With the launch of Krutrim, Ola has set a new benchmark for India’s AI industry and community.It is a testament to India’s talent, innovation, and ambition in the field of AI. Krutrim is also a catalyst for India’s digital and cultural transformation, as it will enable and empower millions of Indians to communicate, create, and consume content in their own languages. Krutrim is truly a game-changer for India’s AI future.

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