Fri Sep 16 2022

Alpha ONE opens: Aleph Alpha AI data centre closes infrastructure gap at federal, state and local level

Dr Anna Christmann (B'90/GRÜNE; BMWK) opens Aleph Alpha's AI data centre alpha ONE and with that becomes the first infrastructure core for the "AI for Government Programme" of GovTech Campus Germany. Just recently, Aleph Alpha released Luminous, the largest European AI language model.

Aleph Alpha, a leading international AI research and application company from Heidelberg, today opens its new alpha ONE high-performance AI computing centre at GovTech Campus Germany. The data centre is one of the world's most powerful of its kind in the field of AI applications and forms the first infrastructure core for the "AI for Government Programme" of GovTech Campus Germany. Dr. Anna Christmann (B'90/GRÜNE), the BMWK's Commissioner for Digital Economy and Startups, ceremoniously opened alpha ONE today together with Lars Zimmermann (GovTech Campus) & Jonas Andrulis (CEO & Founder Aleph Alpha). The construction of the AI mega-project was realised together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NVIDIA.

alpha ONE offers sovereign value chain for AI

With alpha ONE, Aleph Alpha is the first European AI company to offer the currently most powerful AI language models for disruptive AI applications "Made in Germany" on sovereign computing infrastructure. What makes it special: alpha ONE combines European AI software and hardware from a single source, thus mapping the complete AI value chain, enabling customers and partners in the public sector, academia and the private sector to research, develop and ultimately operate AI applications. "Building and operating a modern data centre of this scale required special expertise. We are pleased to have built one of the strongest AI data centres in the world in Germany and to be making a significant contribution to technology sovereignty, especially in public administration. With alpha ONE, we are now taking an important step in this direction," says Jonas Andrulis, CEO and founder of Aleph Alpha.

The long-term goal is to develop innovative use cases that show how AI can support the federal, state and local governments in the digital transformation of their administration and simplify services such as new types of digital assistants for citizens in the future.

GovTech Campus Germany: alpha ONE's first partner

The first partner of alpha ONE will be GovTech Campus Germany. With its "AI for Government" programme, the GovTech Campus is setting up an AI Innovation Centre where the federal, state and local governments can develop and test concrete use cases together with the GovTech scene. "With alpha ONE, we at the GovTech Campus can close the AI infrastructure gap for our members from the federal, state and local governments with a sovereign approach, work on concrete solutions and enable

accompaniment by civil society. This can be a real game changer for the digitalisation of the public sector," adds Lars Zimmermann, Co-Founder and Member of the Board of GovTech Campus Germany.

Virtual citizen assistant for the city of Heidelberg

Based on Aleph Alpha's AI technology "Luminous", numerous applications can be developed, be it for the evaluation and processing of large amounts of data or for the use of state-of-the-art virtual assistants that can answer the most complex questions. For example, Aleph Alpha is building the new virtual citizen assistant for the city of Heidelberg. This is not to be confused with currently used chatbot applications that play back prefabricated answers. For the first time, the citizen's assistant is also able to respond to individual, non-preprogrammed questions from citizens. Aleph Alpha's technology thus creates a new type of interaction between citizens and the public administration.

About Aleph Alpha

Aleph Alpha is a Heidelberg-based AI research and application company. It researches, develops and operationalises generalising AI models for text, image and strategy on a large scale to ensure digital sovereignty for public and private sector partners. Just two years after its founding, Aleph Alpha was awarded the German AI Prize 2021 and as Baden-Württemberg's AI Champion. The 2021, €28.8 million Series A investment was led by Earlybird VC, Lakestar, Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners (UVC), 468 Capital, LEA Ventures and Cavalry Ventures.

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