China has introduced officially approved chatbots, marking a major technological step forward. These AI-driven solutions are now recognized by the government and have the potential to change various industries.
Let’s dive into the world of these authorized chatbots and see how they are changing customer service, healthcare, and more in China. Get ready to discover the power of this advanced technology!
What’s the News?
Baidu, a big tech company in China, shared news about over 10 new AI apps shortly after making its ChatGPT-like Ernie bot available to the public. One of these apps is WPS AI, a word processing tool created by Kingsoft Office, a company listed on the Shanghai stock exchange.
They made this app using the same AI technology that powers Baidu’s Ernie bot and their “Qianfan” cloud platform for AI models. Baidu mentioned that almost 10,000 businesses use their Qianfan cloud platform every month.
Furthermore, Baidu reported that more than 6 million users have already tried their AI-powered tool within their cloud product, similar to Google Drive. This AI assistant can find documents, summarize text, translate, and even create content, according to the company.
Baidu unveiled AI products for traffic management, financial research, and coal mine logistics at a recent event on Tuesday. However, it’s not clear if these products are available for everyone to use just yet.
On August 31st, Baidu launched its Ernie bot to the public, indicating government approval. Other Chinese companies also launched similar AI products around the same time.
Baidu initially introduced the Ernie bot in March, with access limited to business partners and a waiting list.
Starting from August 15, new Chinese rules about AI technology came into play. These rules exempt companies developing AI tech not yet available to the general public. This is less strict than an earlier version of the rules from April, which would have applied even during the research stage.
It’s important to note that ChatGPT, which is supported by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, is not officially accessible in China. China has certain restrictions, and popular platforms like Google and Facebook are blocked there.