China’s Baidu, which ranks among the world’s top tech firms and operates the country’s most popular search engine, has launched an AI that it says will pose competition to OpenAI’s iconic ChatGPT.
The bot’s latest iteration, named Ernie 4.0, sports improved comprehension, logic, and memory, and is “not inferior” to ChaptGPT, Baidu CEO Robin Li told a public event.
Ernie will become part of Baidu’s search engine and other tools and will be able to respond to prompts with text, images, and charts. It also can find an individual frame within a video or summarize an hour-long video in a few seconds, the company claims.
The original Ernie appeared last March as one of China’s first generative AIs. China is racing to catch up to Western nations in AI development.