Baidu expected to launch a ChatGPT-style bot as soon as March

January 30, 2023 7:22 pm

Chinese artificial intelligence and internet search giant Baidu is reportedly planning on launching an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot service similar to OpenAI's ChatGPT soon, Reuters reported, citing source closed to the matter.

Baidu will launch the tool as soon as March in the form of a standalone application, and gradually merge it into its search engine. The tool is similar to OpenAI’s ChapGpt that users to get conversation-style search results based on artificial intelligence.

ChatGPT, OpenAI’s artificial intelligence tool, has shocked the internet since its public debut in November, 2022.

By learning vast amounts of datas, ChatGpt can answer users’ question in a human-like manner. ChatGpt amassed more than a million users within days and triggering hot debates about the capabilities of AI in areas such as education, computer science.  

Following this trend, companies including Microsoft have invested a USD1 billion to try and develop real-world application. The company has also worked to add OpenAI's image-generation software to its Bing search engine in an effort to threaten Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google.

ChatGPT also arose the interest of Chinese internet users, who like people elsewhere shared screenshots of surprising conversations with the AI bot on local social media.

According to sources cited by Reuters, Baidu plans to incorporate chatbot-generated results when users make search requests, instead of only links.

Baidu unveiled three AI-powered creators at its annual developer conference held in Beijing last month. The creators are able to play roles such as screenwriter, illustrator, editor or animator.