China’s Baidu and Other Tech Firms Launch AI Chatbots Similar to ChatGPT

Four China-based tech companies, namely Baidu, Baichuan Intelligent Technology, SenseTime, and Zhipu AI,

have launched their own AI chatbots for public use on August 30.

These releases come shortly after the Chinese government implemented new AI legislation on August 15,

which requires government approval for AI-based products targeting the mass market.

To obtain approval, companies must undergo security assessments, meet specific standards,

and adhere to 24 guidelines.

These guidelines include labeling artificially generated content and holding service providers responsible for content created on their platforms.

In addition to the four companies mentioned, 11 other firms, including TikTok’s owner ByteDance and Tencent Holdings,

have also received government approval for their AI products.

Baidu’s newly launched chatbot, Ernie Bot, has been likened to Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT application.

Baidu CEO Robin Li expressed the company’s goal of making Ernie Bot accessible to hundreds of millions of internet users,

as reported by local media.

“Baidu will collect massive valuable real-world human feedback.”

China Blocks OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Baidu’s Chatbot Tops App Store Rankings

OpenAI’s ChatGPT remains inaccessible in China as the government has imposed a geo-blocking measure,

compelling local social media platforms such as WeChat and Weibo to restrict access to the platform.

In response to the demand for a publicly available AI chatbot similar to ChatGPT, Baidu swiftly launched its chatbot,

which quickly soared to the top spot on the Apple Store’s free app rankings in China within less than 12 hours of its release.

The Chinese government’s new regulations have allowed companies to expand their AI product tests with more features enabled, facilitating broader experimentation.

As part of this trend, on August 3, Alibaba, the tech and e-commerce giant, unveiled two open-sourced AI models, Qwen-7B and Qwen-7B-Chat, each equipped with 7 billion parameters.

Although not chatbots like Ernie Bot or ChatGPT, these developments demonstrate China’s determination to compete with advancements in AI originating from the United States.

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