Baidu, the Chinese tech giant, will launch a ChatGPT-like AI bot in March
Chinese internet giant Baidu intends to introduce a ChatGPT-like artificial intelligence chatbot in March, as per a source familiar with the situation who spoke to Reuters.
The biggest search engine provider in China intends to launch a ChatGPT-style programme in March, initially integrating it into its primary search services, said the person, who asked to be anonymous discussing private information. Users will be able to obtain conversational search results from the tool, whose name has not yet been selected, similar to the well-known platform from OpenAI.
Following Bloomberg’s story, the company’s shares climbed as much as 5.8%, marking the biggest intraday gain in almost four weeks.
As part of a multi-year effort to shift from online marketing to more advanced technology, Baidu has invested billions of dollars in the study of AI. According to the source, the cornerstone of its next ChatGPT-like product will be its Ernie system, a sizable machine-learning model that has been trained on data over several years. A representative of Baidu chose not to comment.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Tencent Holdings Ltd., ByteDance Ltd., Baidu, and other companies control a significant section of the Chinese internet. 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.
In an internal meeting in December, Baidu CEO Robin Li cited ChatGPT as an instance of a situation in which the internet giant may assume the initiative, according to a transcript seen by Bloomberg News.
ChatGPT’s technology learns from large amounts of data how to answer to every user request in a human-like manner, offering information like a search engine or employing language like a want to be novelist.
According to Reuters, Microsoft has a $1 billion investment in San Francisco-based OpenAI that it has considered raising. In an effort to take on Alphabet Inc.’s Google, the corporation has also sought to integrate OpenAI’s image-generation software into its Bing search engine.
Last week, the business revealed a second, multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI, strengthening ties with the startup that created the ChatGPT chatbot sensation and paving the way for further competition with rival Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.
In a blog post, Microsoft announced “the third phase” of their collaboration, which will involve more supercomputer development and support for OpenAI in cloud computing “via a multiyear, multibillion dollar commitment.” According to the blog post, both companies will be able to commercialise the resulting AI technology.
An official from Microsoft declined to comment on the specifics of the most recent investment, which was earlier estimated to be worth $10 billion (roughly Rs. 82,000 crore) by numerous media publications.
The eagerly anticipated investment shows how Google, the leader in significant AI research, is at odds with Microsoft, according to a source familiar with the matter who previously spoke to Reuters. Google is planning its own unveiling for this spring.
Days after Alphabet and Microsoft each announced layoffs of 10,000 or more employees, Microsoft placed their bet. Based in Redmond, Washington Microsoft warned of an imminent recession and increased customer scrutiny of digital expenditure in its layoff announcement.
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