Chinese Internet search major Baidu Inc. is planning to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT in March, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The technology firm plans to launch the service as a standalone application and gradually merge it into its search engine, said the person, who declined to be identified as the information is confidential.
ChatGPT’s technology works by learning from vast amounts of data how to answer prompts by users in a human-like manner, offering information like a search engine or even prose like an aspiring novelist
Chatbots in China currently focus on social interaction whereas ChatGPT performs better at more professional tasks, such as programming and essay writing.
Baidu plans to incorporate chatbot-generated results when users make search requests, instead of only links, the person said.
Baidu declined to comment.
Microsoft Corp. has a $1 billion investment in San Franciso-based Open AI that it has looked at increasing, Reuters has reported. The company has also worked to add Open AI’s image-generated software to its Bing search engine in a new challenge to Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Beijing-based Baidu has been investing heavily in Ai technology, including in cloud services, chips and autonomous driving, as it looks to diversify revenue sources.
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Author Name | Pranav Sawant