Baidu Introduces New Tools for AI Agents Development

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Baidu revealed new AI models and development toolkits to facilitate the creation of AI agents for everyone.

  • AgentBuilder offers both no-code and low-code modes, enabling users to create AI agents deployable across Baidu’s products.
  • AppBuilder facilitates AI-native applications on Baidu AI Cloud.
  • ModelBuilder acts like a one-stop shop, simplifying customization and deployment of AI models.

Earlier this week, Baidu announced new AI models and development toolkits at the Create 2024 Baidu AI Developer Conference in Shenzhen, China.

During his keynote address, Robin Li, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Baidu, stressed on the importance of natural language as a programming interface. Verbal communication could transform anyone into a developer, fostering creativity and innovation in the AI field. Hence, his opening speech’s title, ‘Everyone Is a Developer.’

The company’s conversational AI bot has come a long way from when it was initially released, now boasting an impressive user base of over 200 million. The company has been doing well in the sector, with ERNIE API handling an impressive 200 million daily queries and Qianfan, Baidu AI Cloud’s FM platform, serving over 85,000 enterprise clients.

Now, Baidu is introducing three AI development toolkits:

  1. AgentBuilder

It’s an ERNIE-based development tool that builds and deploys AI agents, in two modes: a no-code mode and a low-code mode. Anyone, regardless of coding skill, can create an AI agent deployable across Baidu flagship products (Baidu Search, Baidu Maps, etc.)

  • AppBuilder

It’s an exhaustive set of tools for AI-native applications on Baidu AI Cloud. The user has access to several components and frameworks required to develop AI-native applications. The developer can put an application together in 3 steps using natural language rather than a coding language.

  • ModelBuilder

It’s a software tool designed to streamline the process of customizing and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) models for various tasks. It comes with a library of pre-trained models from which to choose. Developers can find, customize, and deploy their models without needing to use multiple separate tools or collect data from various sources.

Baidu’s intent here is to simplify the development process so that anyone, regardless of their developing skills, create AI applications and agents. The result presents several applications that cater to niche needs without dedicating many resources to development.

OpenAI came out with something similar a couple of months ago. However, unlike OpenAI’s GPTs, which are available within the ChatGPT interface, these ERNIE-powered chatbots can seamlessly integrate into websites.

To further entice people, the company raised the ERNIE Cup Innovation Challenge for the second time, with the team offering up to RMB 50 million in incentives for the next big AI product or application.

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