China’s Baidu Scraps Public Launch for ChatGPT-Like Product

Chinese search engine giant Baidu on Monday cancelled a planned livestreamed product launch related to its ChatGPT-like “Ernie bot” that it had advertised as being open to media and the public. The webcast, scheduled for Monday afternoon, was switched to a closed-door meeting with the first batch of companies that are testing the product, Baidu […]

China Says It Sees the Potential of ChatGPT-Like Technology

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology said on Friday said it saw the potential of ChatGPT-like tech and would be pushing for the integration of artificial intelligence into Chinese society and the economy. “(This technology) has the potential to be applied in many industries and fields,” Chen Jiachang, who heads the ministry’s high-tech department, told […]

AI Chatbots: The Digital Infantry

All innovations have been weaponized at some point in history and subsequently transformed warfare and politics. In the early 17th century, for example, French and Spanish sportspeople would attach knives to their muskets, favoring those made in Bayonne, France, when hunting dangerous games. In 1671, however, the French implemented the “bayonet” for military purposes, making […]

China's Baidu Reveals Its First Quantum Computer Called Qianshi

Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc revealed its first quantum computer on Thursday and is ready to make it available to external users, joining the global race to apply the technology to practical uses. The Baidu-developed quantum computer, dubbed “Qianshi”, has a 10-quantum-bit (qubit) processor, Baidu said in a statement. The Beijing-based company has also […]

Baidu Bags China's First Fully Driverless Robotaxi Licenses

China search engine giant Baidu Inc said on Monday it has obtained permits to operate fully driverless robotaxi services on open roads from two Chinese cities, the first of their kind in the country. The permits, awarded by the southwestern municipality of Chongqing and the central city of Wuhan, allow commercial robotaxis to offer rides […]