Engadget: China’s biggest search engine is to set launch a ChatGPT rival in March

Engadget: China’s biggest search engine is to set launch a ChatGPT rival in March. “Chinese search giant Baidu aims to introduce a ChatGPT-like AI service that gives users conversational results, Bloomberg has reported. It’ll be based on the company’s Ernie system, a large-scale machine-learning model trained over several years that ‘excels at natural language understanding and generation,’ Baidu said in 2021.”

AFP: Chinese tech giant Baidu tests metaverse waters with new app

AFP: Chinese tech giant Baidu tests metaverse waters with new app. “Chinese tech giant Baidu on Monday took its first steps into the metaverse industry with the launch of a virtual reality app, looking to test the waters in what is considered by many to be the next phase in the internet’s evolution. The Beijing-based company joins brands such as Nike and Ferrari in rushing to experiment with virtual goods against a backdrop of predictions that the metaverse could one day overtake and replace the web of today.”

Analytics India: All The Key Announcements Made By Chinese Search Giant At ‘Baidu World 2021’

Analytics India: All The Key Announcements Made By Chinese Search Giant At ‘Baidu World 2021’. “Last week at the annual technology conference ‘Baidu World 2021’, the Chinese internet giant Baidu unveiled its second-generation AI chip Kunlun (Kunlun II), robocar, a driverless taxi app (Luobo Kuaipao), and more. In addition, the company showcased various advancements in artificial intelligence, electronic devices, and plans for future growth.”

YATI & ERNIE: Machine Learning in Yandex and Baidu (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: YATI & ERNIE: Machine Learning in Yandex and Baidu. “Over a similar time frame to Google, Yandex has released similar projects into their ranking processes such as MatrixNet, Palekh, its second (more refined) iteration of Korolyov, and most recently, YATI. Baidu has also been involved in developing machine learning technologies for search, with their more prominent ML model being ERNIE.”

South China Morning Post: Baidu creates ‘world’s largest’ Chinese natural language processing database

South China Morning Post: Baidu creates ‘world’s largest’ Chinese natural language processing database. “Chinese search engine giant Baidu has launched what it says is the world’s largest Chinese natural language processing (NLP) database, among several other artificial intelligence (AI) products, as it seeks to diversify its revenue sources. NLP is a branch of AI involved in making computers understand the way humans naturally talk and type online, turning such information into structured data for further analysis.”

The Register: Taiwan turfs out video streamers run by China’s web giants

The Register: Taiwan turfs out video streamers run by China’s web giants. “Taiwan has moved to turf out Chinese video-streamers operated by Tencent and Baidu. A [August 18] notice from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs makes it an offence for local businesses to facilitate Tencent’s WeTV and Baidu’s iQIYI in the nation. Neither operates in Taiwan, but both have found local proxies that bring their services into the island nation.”

South China Morning Post: Multi-purpose WeChat wants to be a better search engine

South China Morning Post: Multi-purpose WeChat wants to be a better search engine. “Tencent says it’s expanding WeChat’s search capabilities next year to allow users to find a slew of new content. This will include entertainment options like music, games and memes. They’ll also be able to search for online stores, medical information and stocks.”

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?. “It’s a classic battle of old versus new, David versus Goliath. No other search engine comes close to threatening Baidu’s dominance – its closest rivals, Sogou and Shenma, hold 11% and 5% market share respectively, according to Global Stats – and hasn’t for years. But Toutiao Search seems like it might be the candidate to unseat Baidu. However, a bigger question arising from the news is: does search in China really matter in 2019?”

KrASIA: China’s ByteDance to build a brand-new search engine to challenge Baidu

KrASIA: China’s ByteDance to build a brand-new search engine to challenge Baidu. “The world’s most valuable startup ByteDance has started to recruit talent to build from scratch a general search engine for all internet users, the company announced via WeChat on Wednesday.” If you’re thinking to yourself, “What the heck is ByteDance?” — It’s the parent company of TikTok.