Ernie bot, so far China’s closest answer to U.S.-developed ChatGPT, was launched on March 16 by Baidu CEO Robin Li
A planned livestreamed product launch related to Baidu’s ChatGPT-like “Ernie bot” that had been advertised as being open to media and the public was cancelled by the Chinese search engine giant Baidu on Monday.
Baidu, in a statement on Monday morning said, the webcast, scheduled for Monday afternoon, was switched to a closed-door meeting with the first batch of companies that are testing the product.
Adding this would be the first of many closed-door meetings, the company said, the reason behind the change in format was in order to satisfy the “strong demand” from 120,000 companies that had applied to test Ernie bot.
On initial reports of the cancellation, Baidu’s Hong Kong-listed shares fell as much as 4.5% on Monday morning.
Ernie bot, so far China’s closest answer to U.S.-developed ChatGPT, was launched on March 16 by Baidu CEO Robin Li, who gave a livestreamed presentation that walked journalists through a series of pre-recorded demos displaying the Chinese chatbot’s different capabilities.
Due in part to strong demand from the Chinese corporate sector for generative artificial intelligence (AI), the technology powering products like Ernie bot and ChatGPT, the company’s share price dropped while the presentation was still being livestreamed but rebounded the following day.
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