HONG KONG: Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings has formed a development team to work on a chatbot similar to ChatGPT, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
ChatGPT’s incredible ability to create solid blocks of text immediately sparked a frenzy of interest around the world in the technology behind it called generative artificial intelligence.
Although Microsoft-backed OpenAI does not allow users in China to create accounts to access the chatbot, the open AI models behind the program are relatively accessible and are increasingly being incorporated into Chinese consumer technology applications.
A number of Tencent’s rivals, including Alibaba Group and Baidu Inc, have also announced they are working on their own offerings.
Tencent’s product, to be called “HunyuanAide,” will incorporate the company’s AI training model called “Hunyuan,” said the people, who were not authorized to speak to the media and declined to be identified.
Asked for comment, Tencent reiterated its statement on February 9 that it was conducting research on the technology of the ChatGPT tool.
The news comes after China’s Ministry of Science and Technology said on Friday that it sees the potential of ChatGPT-like technology and will push for the integration of artificial intelligence into Chinese society and economy.
According to the South China Morning Post, Tencent’s Hunyuan AI model achieved a record high score in November on the Chinese Language Comprehension Evaluation (CLUE) test – a set of tasks used to assess a computer’s ability to understand and respond to Chinese text .
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It also marked the first time an AI model outperformed humans on the CLUE since the test was established three years ago. Local media outlet 36kr first reported the formation of the “HunyuanAide” team.