Baidu Inc., China’s leading search engine provider, has announced the development of its latest chatbot, Ernie 3.5, which it claims surpasses ChatGPT in terms of comprehensive ability scores and Chinese-language capabilities. The company cited a report by China Science Daily, which conducted tests using AGIEval and C-Eval benchmarks to measure the performance of AI models. Ernie 3.5 has been in public beta testing for three months and has shown improvements in efficacy, functionality, and performance. The chatbot will also support plugins, similar to ChatGPT.
Meanwhile, Google is also working on a chatbot to rival ChatGPT. Its first attempt, Google Bard, did not perform as expected, even after switching to a more advanced model, PaLM 2. However, in an interview with Wired, Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, revealed that their next model, Gemini, will be more capable than ChatGPT. Gemini incorporates techniques from AlphaGo, DeepMind’s AI system that famously defeated a human professional in the game of Go. Development of Gemini is still ongoing and may take several months.
These new competitors pose a challenge to ChatGPT, which gained massive popularity and set the standard for AI chatbots. ChatGPT’s dominance may be threatened by Ernie 3.5 and Gemini, as both claim to offer superior performance and capabilities. It remains to be seen how these chatbots will fare in the market and whether they can truly surpass the success of ChatGPT.