Baidu announces ChatGPT style AI chatbot ‘Ernie’

Chinese search engine giant Baidu recently revealed that it will soon be launching its own ChatGPT-style service. It means the service is ready to unveil its ChatGPT rival. The Baidu artificial intelligence chatbot dubbed “Wenxin Yiyan” in Chinese or “ERNIE Bot” in English is set to launch in March, according to the latest reports. The project is currently undergoing internal testing and will be launched very soon.

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ERNIE stands for “Enhanced Representation through Knowledge Integration” and is based on a language model first developed by Chinese search giant Baidu (BIDU) in 2019. It is worth noting that the ERNIE project has evolved since then. The spokesperson stated that it will allow users to write poems and papers or use text prompts to automatically generate images. Plus, it’s being tipped to be in its third iteration right now. In addition, language models are trained on various online data to generate persuasive responses to user queries. Baidu spokesperson said:

“Researchers are constantly working to upgrade the technology so that it can learn multiple tasks like humans.”

However, let me tell you that the company didn’t give any details about what the tool will look like or if it would show up as a feature in its popular search engine or what? The good news for the company is that Hong Kong-listed shares are up 16% follow the news. Daniel Ives, Managing Director of Wedbush Securities stated:

“The company’s AI investments can be seen as both an offensive and a defensive strategic move in China. Chinese Big Tech competes in this AI race with Baidu [being] a protagonist.”

The interesting part of the news is that it follows Google’s announcement that the search giant will also be unveiling a new chatbot tool dubbed “Bard” in an apparent bid to compete with ChatGPT’s viral success. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that Bard was being opened up to “trusted testers” with plans to make it available to the public in the coming weeks.

Like ChatGPT, which was made public at the end of November by AI research firm OpenAI, Bard is also built on a large language model. No doubt ChatGPT has been used to generate essays, stories, even lyrics and to answer those questions that people have searched for on Google before. Due to its huge success, Microsoft is also investing billions of dollars in OpenAI. However, details regarding the investment will be announced later on Tuesday, with the commitment estimated to be in the $10 billion range by some reports.

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Amir Hussain

Amir Hussain is the founder of Freemium World, a geek by nature and a professional Blog writer . I love to write about new technology trends, social media, hacking, blogging and much more.

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