10 Chinese companies working on ‘ChatGPT rivals’

Gadgets Now Bureau Feb 25, 2023 8:30 AM IST

The frenzy of Microsoft chatbot ChatGPT seems to have spread to China. As the Chinese government prepares to monitor AI, Chinese companies are rushing to announce competing projects for ChatGPT. Like Microsoft and Google, Chinese tech giants like Baidu and Alibaba, as well as smaller start-ups, have been working on AI projects for years.
Here is a list of Chinese tech companies that have recently made AI technology announcements.

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Baidu Inc has announced that it will complete internal testing of a ChatGPT-style project dubbed “Ernie Bot” in March. Earlier this week, Baidu CEO Robin Li said the company would use Ernie Bot to create a “revolutionary” version of its search engine and eventually build an AI ecosystem around the chatbot. It also plans to integrate the chatbot into its cloud services, the intelligent cockpit of the autonomous platform Apollo and the voice assistant Xiaodu.


Alibaba Group is developing a ChatGPT style tool. The e-commerce giant, which is currently undergoing internal testing, said large language models and generative AI have been areas of focus since its research institute Damo Academy was founded in 2017.


Tencent Holdings is researching ChatGPT tool technology and the company will continue to invest in AI research based on its current technical reserves in fundamental model, machine learning algorithms and natural language processing.

Fudan University team

A team from China’s Fudan University launched a ChatGPT-like chatbot called MOSS this month. However, the platform crashed hours after its launch due to a spike in traffic, and the team apologized, saying that it was a very immature model that still had a long way to go before it reached ChatGPT’s level.

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E-commerce company JD.Com is working on a ChatGPT-like product which it said would be called ChatJD and aim to cater to other businesses.

Chinese Telecom

China Telecom Corp is developing an industrial version of ChatGPT for telecom, which local Chinese media said will use AI in some customer service functions.


Gaming company NetEase plans to use Large Language Model technology for its education business.

Kuaishou technology

Short video app Kuaishou Technology is researching big language models that it will use to enhance its products like AI customer service, the government-backed newspaper reported earlier this month.

Stimulate electronic information industry

Inspur Electronic Information Industry said on its Investor Relations website that it has a long history of investing in AI-Generated Content (AIGC), from arithmetic algorithms to the application of the technology.

Kunlun Tech

Kunlun Tech, a Beijing-based mobile games company, said it plans to release a Chinese version of ChatGPT later this year, the code of which will be open source. The company announced this on its WeChat account. The company said in a separate statement that it will embed ChatGPT into its Norwegian web browser Opera.

(With agency entries)