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Baidu and SenseTime Unveil ChatGPT-style AI Bots

Baidu and SenseTime launch public AI bots, signaling a significant milestone in AI development. How do these bots stack up against offerings like ChatGPT and what could this mean for the global AI rivalry?

Baidu and SenseTime Launch Public ChatGPT-Style AI Bots

Chinese tech firms Baidu and SenseTime publicly launched their AI bots, ERNIE Bot and SenseChat respectively, marking a new era in global AI development. Baidu is the first company in China to gain regulatory approval for such a launch. Meanwhile, SenseTime’s SenseChat, which had been in the works since April, is now "fully available to serve all users."

The announcement led to a significant jump in shares for both companies, with Baidu's shares rising 3.1% in New York and 4.7% in Hong Kong, and SenseTime’s shares surging 4% in Hong Kong.

Both companies received the go-ahead under new generative AI regulations in China, effective August 15. ERNIE Bot offers AI-powered searches, video creation, and document summaries. SenseChat promises efficient code writing and personalized medical advice.

The emergence of ChatGPT-style bots in China has rekindled discussions about a possible US-China rivalry in emerging technologies. Baidu's CEO Robin Li downplayed this, stating their platform "is not a tool for the confrontation between China and the United States."

ERNIE Bot will be embedded in Baidu's popular search engine and supports multiple types of responses, including text, images, audio, and video. SenseChat offers features like code debugging and virtual health consultations. These bots add to China’s growing portfolio of AI technologies, while also presenting new forms of competition for AI offerings like GPT-4.

The public launch of ERNIE Bot and SenseChat represents a significant milestone in the global AI industry, bringing forth questions about international competition and cooperation in emerging tech. As China moves to the forefront of generative AI development, it could potentially reshape the AI landscape in ways yet to be seen.