Edited by: Bharat Upadhyay
Last updated: January 31, 2023, 3:15 PM IST
Chinese internet search engine Baidu reportedly plans to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) powered chatbot service in March, similar to Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT. From composing a poem to writing basic software code to provide information about the questions asked, ChatGPT is designed to provide human-like answers to questions.
Now, a Reuters report revealed that Chinese tech giant Baidu plans to launch the service as a standalone application and gradually merge it with its search engine. Baidu plans to include chatbot-generated results when users submit search queries, rather than just links, it said.
Chatbots in China currently focus on social interaction, while ChatGPT performs better at more professional tasks, such as programming and essay writing. ChatGPT’s technology works by learning from huge amounts of data how to answer user questions in a human-like way, offering information like a search engine or even prose like an aspiring novelist.
Recently, a report from IANS also claimed that the search for ChatGPT on Google reached an all-time high and leads China in demand. According to data obtained by Finbold, global Google searches for the word “ChatGPT” have peaked at a popularity score of 92.
“The score peaked at 100 for the week ending Jan. 11. Notably, the term registered a score of less than 1 on Nov. 30, 2022, when the tool launched,” the report said.
In terms of the regional breakdown, China tops with a peak score of 100 on January 13, followed by Nepal at 35, while Norway ranks third with a score of 28. With a score of 27, Singapore ranks fourth, while Israel ranks third. in fifth place at 26.
The US states in particular have failed to be among the countries with increased demand for ChatGPT, the report notes. The high demand in China can be attributed to several factors, such as users choosing to use virtual private networks (VPNs).
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