ChatGPT has another competitor? The Chinese player is building a position

The competition in artificial intelligence is not slowing down one bit. Baidu’s Ernie chatbot, which competes with ChatGPT, already has 100 million users.

The ChatGPT chatbot has more competitors. First appeared Bard from Google and Grok, developed by Elon Musk’s xAI company, and now Ernie – a product of the Chinese technology giant Baidu – is becoming increasingly important.

100 million subscribers Ernie

At the end of the week, Baidu announced that its artificial intelligence model, Ernie, had surpassed 100 million users. The Chinese released their chatbot in March and received regulatory approval for mass deployment in late August.

While boasting about the success, the Chinese company’s technology director Wang Haifeng did not specify whether he was talking about the total number of users or weekly activity. The American company OpenAI (maker of ChatGPT) announced in November that their product has approximately 100 million active users per week.

He will answer, but not every question

Chatbot Ernie is not officially available in China, but can be used in Chinese. An English version is also available. In November, Baidu started charging fees (about $8 per month) for the most advanced version of the Ernie bot. ChatGPT, on the other hand, charges $20 per month to use the latest model available.

The media recently reported that Ernie refuses to answer questions about uncomfortable events and some figures from the political world. Some users who asked uncomfortable questions had to be blocked. During public tests, the chatbot refused to answer questions about Xi Jinping, the Tiananmen Square protests, the Uyghur genocide or the Hong Kong protests.

Source: Do Rzeczy