Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Sigbjørn Gjelsvik (right) and Yngvar Ugland, Division Director at DNB NewTechLab, attended the launch of a Norwegian language Chat GPT version.

A Norwegian version of ChatGPT was launched during Arendalsuka.

Even in its early days, the Norwegian language model shows promising results.

Jon Atle Gulla, Professor and CEO of NorwAI, says the Norwegian ChatGPT will be the foundation of several specialized versions in the years to come. Application possibilities seem unlimited.

“We have developed a simple generative language model that can be put to all sorts of use. We have fed the supercomputer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with huge quantities of Norwegian content – some 30 billion parameters. Yet more is needed to perfect it,” said Gulla.

Sven Størmer Thaulow, Chief Technology and Data Officer at Schibsted, said the NorwAI language model will become hugely important to his company.

“NorwAI will become an important part of our digital infrastructure. It is important that it delivers credible content, based on Norwegian laws and values. We live off the public’s trust. We believe this model will deliver better content than the large American GPTs, which have limited Norwegian-language content and are not adapted to Norwegian conditions,” said Thaulow.

Said Sigurd Gjelsvik, Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Regional Development: “There are enormous opportunities and also a number of challenges linked to the development of chat robots. For the government it is important to ensure a good framework for further development of this technology,” said Gjelsvik.

The panel (left-right): Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen (Communications Manager, NorwAI), Sven Størmer Thaulow (Chief Technology and Data Officer, Schibsted), Jon Atle Gulla (CEO NorwAI), Yngvar Ugland (Division Director, DNB NewTechLab), and Sigbjørn Gjelsvik (Minister of Local Government and Regional Development).