Government forms partnership to teach ChatGPT Welsh

The Welsh government has announced a new data partnership with OpenAI to improve how artifical intelligence (AI) technologies work in Welsh.

The collaboration will build open data archives to contribute data to the research community, to improve linguistic performance of AI models and applications.

According to the Welsh government, there were an estimated 891,800 Welsh speakers living in Wales in the year ending 30 September 2023.

Their aim is to reach one million speakers by 2050.

Jeremy Miles, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Energy and Welsh Language, said that publishing a Welsh Language Education Bill in the coming weeks is one of the government's top priorities. 

They said this will will enable all school pupils in Wales to become independent and confident Welsh speakers.

Miles also announced at the Senedd yesterday (26 June) that the government will prioritise supporting economic development in communities with a high density of Welsh speakers, and creating opportunities to speak through the medium of Welsh by increasing language transmission, both within families and within communities.

He added: "Cymraeg belongs to us all, and we all have a duty to protect it and to make sure it grows in all aspects of society.

"All of us use technology one way or another, and increasingly, we’re seeing AI being used in more situations. I’m excited to see how the new data partnership with OpenAI will lead to improving how AI-technologies work in Welsh."

Since the Welsh government published its Welsh language technology action plan in 2018, it has funded, created, and worked on many of the digital components to increase the use of the language.