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The Netherlands starts realisation GPT-NL, its own open AI-language model

The Netherlands will develop its own open language model: GPT-NL. This develops, strengthens and perpetuates digital sovereignty. Non-profit parties TNO, NFI and SURF are responsible for the realisation in order to take an important step towards a transparent, fair and verifiable use of AI. The open language model will be hosted in a virtual facility to facilitate broad experimentation and innovation. Funding for the plan is awarded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

The Netherlands is taking an important step in the development of public expertise and experience in the field of generative AI language models. Our own open language model strengthens expertise in this subject and also provides an incentive for research and innovation in the field of AI. Furthermore the virtual facility part of this project aims at democratising the responsible use of the technology by facilitating experiments and knowledge sharing.

GPT-NL will be hosted in a virtual facility. This way it can be used by academic institutions, researchers and governments as well as companies. It allows them to explore and try out language models in general including specific applications in the areas of safety, health, education, services and numerous other domains. This way the technology and knowledge development of GPT-NL will make the technology itself more transparent, provide space for experimentation and bring innovation back in the hands of end-users.

Finally, the implementation of the plan consists of two main phases. The focus in the first year is on the concrete development of the Dutch language model where the partners will work in close collaboration with the academic sector.

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