Baidu’s chatbot Ernie Bot surpasses 200 million users

Chinese Baidu’s AI chatbot, Ernie Bot, reaches 200 million users and faces competition from its chinese counterpart, Alibaba’s “kimi”, while it fails to meet global conterpart’s chatGPT user advantage.

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Baidu, a leading Chinese technology company, announced that its AI chatbot, ‘Ernie Bot,’ has reached 200 million users. This announcement, made by CEO Robin Li, comes a few months after its introduction in March and subsequent public release in August. Ernie Bot’s application programming interface (API) is utilized 200 million times daily, indicating its widespread use. Moreover, Ernie Bot’s enterprise client base has reached 85,000. 

Facing competition from domestic rivals like Moonshot AI’s ‘Kimi’ chatbot, backed by Alibaba, Ernie Bot navigates a dynamic market. Last month, Ernie Bot recorded 14.9 million visits compared to Kimi’s 12.6 million, reflecting a tightly contested AI landscape. The regulatory environment in China, requiring government approval for public AI releases, adds a layer of complexity, affecting the speed at which new technologies can enter the market.

China hosts 130 large language models (LLMs), comprising 40% of the total global population and second only to the United States. Despite these figures, Chinese AI technologies, including Ernie Bot, fail to bridge the gap with global leaders like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which achieved 1.86 billion views last month. 

This development for Baidu’s Ernie Bot highlights the rapid adoption and potential of Chinese AI technologies, with China aiming to become a global leader in the AI industry by 2030, with an AI market projected to reach $104.70bn USD.