China's Baidu to launch ChatGPT-style bot in March - source

China’s Baidu to launch ChatGPT-style bot in March – source

BEIJING, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Chinese web search main Baidu Inc (9888.HK) is planning to launch a synthetic intelligence (AI) chatbot service related to OpenAI’s ChatGPT in March, an individual aware of the matter informed Reuters.

The know-how agency plans to launch the service as a standalone utility and regularly merge it into its search engine, mentioned the individual, who declined to be recognized as the data is confidential.

ChatGPT’s know-how works by studying from huge quantities of knowledge how to reply prompts by customers in a human-like method, providing info like a search engine and even prose like an aspiring novelist.

Chatbots in China at present deal with social interplay whereas ChatGPT performs higher at extra skilled duties, reminiscent of programming and essay writing.

Baidu plans to incorporate chatbot-generated outcomes when customers make search requests, as an alternative of solely hyperlinks, the individual mentioned.

Baidu declined to remark.

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has a $1 billion funding in San Francisco-based OpenAI that it has checked out rising, Reuters has reported. The firm has additionally labored to add OpenAI’s picture-era software program to its Bing search engine in a brand new problem to Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google.

Beijing-based Baidu has been investing closely in AI know-how, together with in cloud companies, chips and autonomous driving, because it seems to diversify its income sources.

At a developer convention final month, Baidu unveiled three AI-powered “creators” whose know-how permits them to assume the roles of screenwriter, illustrator, editor or animator.

Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Jyoti Narayan; Editing by Dhanya Ann Thoppil and Christopher Cushing

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