China is already feeling the worldwide hype surrounding Microsoft’s chatbot ChatGPT, which has lifted shares of AI companies and caused a rush of local startups to launch rival initiatives.
Can it compete with Google and Microsoft? Smaller start-ups and Chinese IT behemoths like Baidu and Alibaba have both engaged in AI initiatives in recent years.
ChatGPT outperforms chatbots in China in more professional activities, like programming and essay writing, than in social interactions. ChatGPT learns how to react to user questions in a human-like manner by analysing vast amounts of data.
Baidu Inc. said on February 7 that internal testing of the “Ernie Bot” project, which is modelled around ChatGPT, will be completed in March.