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Fever Of AI: Fresh Competition For ChatGPT; China's Own Version of ChatGPT Amid Censorship Concerns

The introduction of OpenAI's ChatGPT into the market triggered a new global race in Artificial Intelligence. It has pushed every global tech behemoth into a race to develop a similar system in order to remain competitive in the artificial intelligence market. 

After the release of ChatGPT, it quickly gained popularity among people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, from students to business owners, because the trained AI began assisting everyone in solving problems with minimal effort and has been able to reduce problem-solving time. 

Google, one of the largest and most powerful tech companies in the world, has already entered the race with Bard, their upcoming artificial intelligence to compete against ChatGPT. The organization has already begun testing this chatbot privately, and it will soon be available to the general public. According to the company, it is a lite version of LaMDA. Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, has already briefed his employees on this in an internal memo. 

Microsoft is already integrating ChatGPT technology into a number of its products, including Bing and Edge. Microsoft is attempting to capitalize on the attention in a variety of ways. The company provides the ChatGPT cloud-computing back end, and Microsoft announced in January that it had invested billions of dollars in OpenAI. 

Other countries, in addition to these US firms, are attempting to develop similar AI to ChatGPT. A South Korean telco giant, SK Telecom, has its own AI chatbot and the company says it is a "super app" version of ChatGPT. 

The concept of a super app is that a person only needs one app to access several third-party services. The concept of a super app is very popular in China and other parts of Asia but hasn’t taken off in Europe and in the U.S. 

In May of last year, the company released a beta version of "A." pronounced "A dot" in South Korea. It is built on generative AI, the same technology that powers OpenAI's viral ChatGPT. 

After the mobile phone and computer technology revolutions, the world is witnessing another revolution in the field of artificial intelligence.

The Chinese missed out on that opportunity because they were not technologically advanced enough to challenge the Western might at the time, but they are now in a position to develop technology like ChatGPT and are working on it. 

The Chinese version of ChatGPT:  Why they are developing it? 

The Chinese tech giant, Baidu, is planning to launch its own version of ChatGPT, Ernie. 

According to Bloomberg, Baidu has already invested billions to develop such technology and has been working on it for several years. 

Baidu announced on February 22 that it will begin incorporating its artificial intelligence chatbot Ernie into its search services in March, in an apparent attempt to halt the use of ChatGPT-backed services in China. 

In an internal memo, Baidu CEO Robin Li stated that Ernie Bot will be integrated across all of Baidu's operations, including its search and cloud services. Baidu is also trying to Ernie in smart car operating systems that will actually revolutionize the working principle of chatbot AI. 

Apart from Baidu, another Chinese tech giant, Alibaba confirmed that they are also developing another ChatGPT-style AI tool, which is currently under internal testing. 

One of the main reasons for their development is that regulators have warned major tech companies not to offer Microsoft-backed artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT to the Chinese population. The Chinese government is always suspicious of western technologies because China is an autocratic nation and the regime is always fearful of any revolution within the country. 

Furthermore, artificial intelligence is a modern necessity, and without it, the nation's younger population will suffer from a lack of vision in comparison to others. 

One of the major disadvantages of having AI in society is that it will eventually replace everyone, including teachers, lawyers, and police officers. As a result, humans must exercise caution in controlling the use of AI in their lives and allowing life to unfold organically as much as possible.