- Baidu and Alibaba launch Ernie Bot and Tongyi Qianwen to compete with OpenAI's ChatGPT
- Political censorship and regulations reshape the landscape for AI chatbots in China
- Chinese chatbots differ from Western counterparts, avoiding sensitive topics
Gather 'round, folks, and let me spin you a tale of chatbot rivalries and the excitement they're stirring up. So, there's this AI chatbot called ChatGPT, right? It's an American creation, made by OpenAI, and it's been making waves all around the globe.
Now, hold onto your hats, because Chinese tech giants Baidu and Alibaba are stepping into the ring with their own chatbot contenders: Ernie Bot and Tongyi Qianwen. But, let me tell you, it's not all smooth sailing for these bots. China's tech scene is facing some serious scrutiny, political censorship is in full swing, and a game of one-upmanship between China and the world's democracies is on.
What does this mean for our chatbot friends? Well, they're gonna look pretty different from their Western cousins, that's for sure. While ChatGPT might get a little bold, answering sensitive questions (sometimes incorrectly), the Chinese chatbots know when to zip their virtual lips.
This all started back in late 2020 when China decided to lay down the law, introducing a bunch of regulations that specifically targeted AI applications, like our dear chatbots. So, as these new bots emerge, you better believe they'll be playing by the rules.
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