China: Tech giant Baidu leads rollout of AI chatbots
31 August 2023 | 3:38 pm
Several Chinese companies have now made AI chatbots publicly available, with Baidu first off the blocks with its ERNIE. But the bots will be subject to extreme censorship on certain topics.
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