Chinese AI companies court OpenAI users while US company prepares to restrict API

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Chinese AI companies court OpenAI users while US company prepares to restrict API
Chinese AI companies court OpenAI users while US company prepares to restrict API

Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) companies are stepping up their efforts to attract OpenAI users in the wake of rumors that the American company plans to restrict access to its application programming interface (API) in China and other countries.

Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) companies are working quickly to entice users of OpenAI’s technology following rumors that the American company intends to limit access in China and other nations to its application programming interface (API), a platform that enables developers of other products to integrate its AI model. OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, plans to prevent organizations in China and a few other nations from accessing technology that is used to develop AI products. Although ChatGPT isn’t accessible on China’s mainland, a lot of Chinese startups have reportedly been able to leverage OpenAI’s API platform to create their own apps.

China’s top AI developer, Baidu (9888.HK), responded by announcing the start of an “inclusive program” that would give new users free migration to its Ernie platform. According to a statement from Baidu’s cloud company, more Ernie 3.5 flagship model tokens will be given to OpenAI customers depending on the extent of their OpenAI usage. Text analyzed by AI models is divided into tokens. Alibaba Cloud also got involved, providing its AI platform users with free tokens and migration services for OpenAI API users. Alibaba claims that the Qwen-plus model from the company is substantially less expensive than the GPT-4.

An OpenAI representative told Reuters, “We are taking further measures to block API traffic from regions where we do not support access to OpenAI’s services.” Chinese users of the platform have been receiving emails since late Monday alerting them to the fact that they are in a “region that OpenAI does not currently support” and informing them that additional steps would be taken beginning on July 9 to prevent API traffic from unsupported regions.

Another significant participant in China’s AI industry, Zhipu AI, has established a “Special Migration Program” for OpenAI API users. “Our GLM model fully benchmarks against OpenAI’s product ecosystem,” Zhipu AI claimed in a developer statement that Reuters was able to get. “With our entirely self-developed technology, we ensure security and controllability.” Over the past year, a number of Chinese businesses have released chatbots that are driven by their own AI models.

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