Chinese tech giant Baidu launches ‘Ernie’, China’s answer to AI chatbot technologies like ChatGPT and GPT4


Beijing — Days after popular artificial intelligence tools Chat GPTOpenAI, the developer of . In a pre-recorded video presentation, Baidu celebrity founder Robin Li talks about an “Ernie” (Enhanced Representation of Knowledge Integration) chatbot that can understand human intent and provide near-human-level responses. introduced.

The service has not yet been released to the public, and the event listed features such as understanding Chinese, generating characters, and performing mathematical calculations that overlap with features of ChatGPT.

There were some highlights during the presentation. Poster presentation Arnie allegedly came up with it based on the text description, but overall, investors didn’t seem impressed with the pre-recorded launch.

Baidu’s share price on the Hong Kong stock exchange fell by as much as 10% at one point during the announcement, but made up for that loss in Friday’s trading.

Robin Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baidu Inc., at the company's Ernie chatbot launch event in Beijing, China, March 16, 2023.
Robin Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baidu Inc., at the company’s Ernie chatbot launch event in Beijing, China, March 16, 2023.

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According to Reuters, a limited number of people received codes to try the Arnie software after its launch on Thursday and immediately turned to social media platforms to compare it to American-made chatbots such as Microsoft. and others provided reviews.Bing Uses ChatGPT technology.

One person said on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, that Ernie could say “OK” to questions about philosophers, for example, but “there’s a clear divide between Erniebot and Bing.” There is,” he said.

Reuters quoted a reviewer, a tech blogger who goes by the handle Chapinjun, who has more than 2.4 million followers on Wiebo, who said the feature gap was “not insanely big” and that “on certain questions (Arnie ) better than Bing.”

Despite the lackluster launch event, Ernie will likely enjoy a significant market advantage at home over US-made products, both due to China’s own technological independence and Western sanctions.

At the annual meeting of China’s Congress, which ended on Monday, China’s scientific The reform of the Ministry of Technology was announced. .


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