TechnologyChina’s AI Boom: Local Companies Pursue US Rivals Under Tight State Control

China’s AI Boom: Local Companies Pursue US Rivals Under Tight State Control

China on path of building new AI chatbots

Local media reports that China has developed more than forty new artificial intelligence models in the past half year. The company is aiming to catch up to American companies such as OpenAI, who are producing sophisticated chatbots.

China gave its approval to fourteen new artificial intelligence models that are able to communicate with humans last week. According to a manager at Tencent, a major Chinese technology giant, this situation is comparable to a “war of a hundred models.”

Another significant Chinese technology business, Baidu, is at the forefront of this “war.” It created a chatbot that is known as “Ernie Bot” and has more than one hundred million users. It asserts that it is capable of competing with OpenAI’s GPT-4 chatbot.

There are competitors to Baidu, like as Huawei and Xiaomi, both of which manufacture mobile devices, and Bytedance, the owner of TikTok. There are many who believe that Bytedance’s chatbot, which has the ability to alter voices, could be exploited for malicious purposes. Additionally, Bytedance was in difficulty for utilizing OpenAI’s technologies in order to create its very own chatbot.

When developing chatbots, Chinese businesses are required to comply with the regulations set forth by the government. It is the government’s position that chatbots must be in favor of socialism and must not be in opposition to the government.

As a result, chatbots steer clear of certain subjects, such as Taiwan. Although Taiwan asserts that it is not a part of China, China maintains that Taiwan is a part of China. When certain reporters inquired about Taiwan, chatbots either responded that Taiwan is a part of China or did not provide any response.

Taide, Taiwan’s very own chatbot, is now in the process of being developed. It will not listen to China.

Because of the United States, China might have trouble becoming a leader in artificial intelligence. The United States of America does not wish to export certain components to China, which are essential for the production and training of artificial intelligence. There are experts who believe that this will make it difficult for Chinese enterprises to develop effective chatbots.

Nathan Enzo
Nathan Enzo
A professional writer since 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, Nathan Enzo ran the creative writing department for the major News Channels until 2018. He then worked as a Senior content writer with, including national newspapers, magazines, and online work. He specializes in media studies and social communications.


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