China’s Baidu unveils extra capabilities of AI-powered chatbot Ernie

BEIJING, March 27 (Reuters) – Chinese language search engine Baidu (9888.HK) on Monday shared pre-recorded movies of its AI-powered chatbot Ernie, which, amongst different issues, summarizes monetary stories and creates PowerPoint shows.

In accordance with photos shared by a Baidu spokesperson in a media-facing group on WeChat, China’s most generally used messaging service, the Chinese language chatbot has a broader vary of capabilities than when it was launched practically two weeks in the past.

Again then, the ChatGPT-like product was proven to be able to producing photos with textual content prompts, composing poetry, and producing audio in Chinese language dialects.

Movies shared Monday present the chatbot, powered by generative synthetic intelligence (AI), creating itineraries and digital human-like reside streamers who can promote merchandise with scripts tailor-made to the person’s wants.

These movies are from a personal assembly hosted by Baidu’s AI Cloud division for the primary group of firms testing an industry-focused model of the chatbot.

The assembly was initially meant to be a livestream product launch open to the media and public, however the format was modified to prioritize “robust demand” from over 120,000 firms who utilized to check the Ernie bot, the corporate stated in an announcement Monday morning, including it might be the primary of many closed-door conferences.

Nevertheless, the change precipitated Hong Kong-listed Baidu shares to fall as a lot as 4.5% as of Monday morning.

Extra firms can signal as much as strive the industry-focused model of the Ernie bot beginning March 31, whereas the common model of the app stays open for testing to customers fortunate sufficient to obtain invite codes.

Exams performed by Reuters present that the common model has an excellent command of the Chinese language language, however makes factual errors and avoids answering political questions.

Ernie Bot, to date China’s subsequent reply to US-developed ChatGPT, was launched on March 16 by Baidu CEO Robin Li, who delivered a livestream presentation that walked journalists by means of a collection of pre-recorded demos showcasing the assorted capabilities of the Chinese language chatbot confirmed.

The corporate’s share value fell whereas the presentation was nonetheless being livestreamed, however rebounded the next day, partly as a result of robust demand from China’s company sector.

Reporting by Eduardo Baptista; Edited by Muralikumar Anantharaman, Jamie Freed and Sharon Singleton

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