The Ernie (Enhanced Representation through Knowledge Integration) language model underlying the bot was first introduced back in 2019. Baidu limited the chatbot presentation to short videos in which Ernie Bot performed math calculations, broadcast in different Chinese dialects, and generated videos and images with text prompts.
The presentation was led by Baidu co-founder and CEO Robin Li. As Reuters points out, the bot presented did not meet investors' expectations. They had expected Baidu to present a more interactive and complete Chinese version of ChatGPT. As a result, Baidu shares traded in Hong Kong fell 10% during the presentation and eventually closed 6.4% cheaper, reducing the market valuation of Baidu by $3 billion.
In February this year, Chinese regulators banned the country's IT giants from offering services using ChatGPT to the public. Tencent Holdings and Ant Group, a fintech subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding, were banned from providing access to ChatGPT services on their platforms, either directly or through third parties. Tech companies also now need to coordinate with regulators to release ChatGPT-type products.
18 countries have unveiled the first international agreement on how to protect artificial intelligence from irresponsible players. It aims to develop AI solutions that are "inherently safe".
On November 30, the professional IT community GlobalCIO hosted a large-scaled international conference "Global CIO Insights: Digital Transformation with AI". During the event, leading experts shared their practical experience in launching projects utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and highlighted approaches that helped elevate their companies to new heights.
Voting for projects participating in the "Project of the Year" contest is open. The voting began on December 1st and will continue until January 15th inclusive. The winners will be announced on February 7th, 2024.
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