ChatGPT has been the tech news story of January. The chatbot developed by OpenAI has made headline news and has also been at the center of Microsoft deepening its partnership with OpenAI to integrate AI into its services. Now, Chinese technology giant Baidu is preparing to release a chatbot that is similar to ChatGPT.
According to Bloomberg, Baidu will launch its chatbot in March. The AI does not currently have a name but it will be integrated into the company search engine. This means that users will be able to see conversational results for their searches.
You may remember that Microsoft is working on folding ChatGPT into its Bing search engine, which would provide the same functionality. Although, considering ChatGPT is known for giving incorrect answers that look legit, hopefully Microsoft will not make chat responses the only search method.
Baidu is a heavy investor in artificialy intelligence through its Ernie system. This is a scalable AI model that has been in development for years. Ernie will provide the underpinning machine learning for the upcoming chatbot.
Rise of the Chatbots
ChatGPT is an OpenAI project that is built on top of the GPT-3 autocomplete text generator, part of the GPT-3 AI API that was built in collaboration with Microsoft. A demo of the chatbot has been available from OpenAI here (login required) since November.
ChatGPT claims to deliver accurate answers to trivia questions, while also being able to generate AI content such as poems and songs based on user parameters.
Furthermore, the AI has the ability to help developers plug gaps and debug code, which could make it an ideal companion for GitHub Copilot. However, there have been plenty of reports that ChatGPT often gives wrong answers that look correct. This confusion led to Stack Overflow temporarily banning the chatbot last month.
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