According to sources, Baidu Inc. aims to launch an AI chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. This might be China’s most significant entry in a race triggered by the tech boom.
An insider stated that China’s biggest search engine company intends to launch a ChatGPT-style application in March, initially embedding it into its primary search services. Users of the anonymous tool will be able to receive search results that are conversational in nature, just like the OpenAI platform.
Baidu has invested millions of dollars in AI research to make a shift from online marketing to more advanced technology. The person revealed that the cornerstone of their next ChatGPT-like tech would be their “Ernie” system which refers to a massive machine learning model trained on data for several years.
Since its release in November, Open AI’s ChatGPT has taken the internet by storm and garnered a million users in a few days. This has sparked the discussion about using AI in workplaces, families, and schools. Microsoft Corp. and other businesses are investing billions in trying and creating practical applications, while others are cashing in on the buzz to raise money.
After announcing plans to use ChatGPT in its content, Buzzfeed Inc.’s stock price doubled this month.
A large portion of China’s internet is dominated by Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Tencent Holdings Ltd., and ByteDance Ltd. After falling behind its bigger competitors in areas like mobile advertising, video, and social media; the search company has been attempting to resurrect growth in the mobile era. The search engine giant is now working on autonomous driving technologies in addition to its AI research.
Chinese internet users were similarly intrigued by ChatGPT, who, like users worldwide, uploaded screenshots of unusual discussions with the AI bot on regional social media. Despite a severely regulated domestic internet generally cut off from the rest of the world, businesses like Baidu have prospered as local alternatives to Google, Amazon, and Facebook.
In addition to Baidu, several Chinese investigating generative AI has piqued the curiosity of investors, including Sequoia and Sinovation Ventures.