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Baidu Inc. to Roll Out Artificial Intelligence Chatbot Service

CIO Insider Team | Monday, 30 January, 2023
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Baidu Inc. is planning to roll out an artificial intelligence chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, according to reports.

China’s largest search engine company plans to debut a ChatGPT-style application in March, initially embedding it into its main search services, as per reports.

The tool, whose name hasn’t been decided, will allow users to get conversation-style search results much like OpenAI’s popular platform.

Baidu has spent billions of dollars researching AI in a years-long effort to transition from online marketing to deeper technology. Its Ernie system a large-scale machine-learning model that’s been trained on data over several years will be the foundation of its upcoming ChatGPT-like tool, as per reports.

ChatGPT, OpenAI’s artificial intelligence tool, has lit up the internet since its public debut in November, amassing more than a million users within days and touching off a debate about the role of AI in schools, offices and homes.

Companies including Microsoft Corp. are investing billions to try and develop real-world applications, while others are capitalizing on the hype to raise funds. Buzzfeed Inc.’s shares more than doubled this month after it announced plans to incorporate ChatGPT in it.

Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Tencent Holdings Ltd. and ByteDance Ltd. control much of China’s internet.

The search company has been trying to revive growth in the mobile era, after increasingly lagging its larger rivals in arenas such as mobile advertising, video and social media. Apart from research in AI, the search giant is now also developing autonomous driving technology.

I’m so glad that the technology we are pondering every day can attract so many people’s attention. That’s not easy, the commercialization of generative AI by making it a product that everyone needs could be challenging though

Baidu Chief Executive Officer Robin Li raised ChatGPT as an example of where the tech giant can take the lead during an internal talk in December.

“I’m so glad that the technology we are pondering every day can attract so many people’s attention. That’s not easy, the commercialization of generative AI by making it a product that everyone needs could be challenging though,” Says Li.

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