Baidu introduces GenAI chatbot Ernie to the public in China.

Baidu introduces GenAI chatbot Ernie to the public in China.


China’s tech giant, Baidu, has taken a bold move by releasing its generative AI model, Ernie Bot, to the masses in order to gather user feedback and improve the platform. This exciting development aims to push the boundaries of AI technology and enhance user experience.

Ernie Bot, currently available only in China’s domestic market, can be downloaded through local app stores or accessed via Baidu’s official website. Building on a foundation AI model that has received accolades from more than 10 local and international evaluations, Ernie Bot has already gained proficiency in over 200 genres of writing, with a remarkable 1.6-fold increase in content quality.

What sets Ernie Bot apart is its capability to generate text, images, audio, and video based on a given prompt. It can even deliver voice in various local Chinese dialects, including Sichuan. Baidu has also been consistently adding new features to enhance the user experience, with recent plugins including Baidu Search, data analytics and visualization, and text-to-video.

With its public launch, Baidu hopes to gather “real-world” user feedback to further enhance the AI model. The company’s co-founder and CEO, Robin Li, believes that with the support of the vast internet community in China, Baidu will be able to iterate and improve Ernie Bot at a rapid pace.

Baidu’s entry into the generative AI market is significant, as it is one of the first companies to make such advanced AI capabilities widely available to the general public in China. Other local AI vendors, like Zhipu Ai, SenseTime, and Baichuan Intelligence Technology, have also received government approval to launch their own generative AI products, highlighting the growing interest and investment in AI technology in the country.

The development of generative AI models in China has primarily focused on enterprise applications. For instance, e-commerce giant recently launched its large language model, ChatRhino, which aims to support verticals such as logistics, retail, healthcare, and finance. Tencent and Alibaba have also made efforts to integrate generative AI into their products. Alibaba Cloud unveiled its large language AI platform, Tongyi Qianwen, for beta testing and integration in various industries.

This accelerated drive toward AI in China comes with new regulations aimed at ensuring the healthy and responsible development of the technology. The interim legislation, effective from August 15th, covers measures to improve the quality of training data, protection of personal information, and establishment of service-level agreements to clarify rights and obligations.

As Baidu pioneers the release of generative AI technology to the masses, it opens up new possibilities for how AI can be integrated into our daily lives. From generating text and images to delivering voice and video content, Ernie Bot represents the future of conversational AI. With the support of user feedback and continuous improvements, Baidu aims to push the boundaries of AI technology and deliver even better experiences to its users.