On Wednesday, the Chinese search engine giant Baidu introduced a paid version of its Ernie bot, a product similar to ChatGPT, for a monthly fee of 59.9 yuan ($8.18). Ernie bot, like ChatGPT, relies on generative artificial intelligence and was the first among a series of Chinese AI-powered chatbots to be launched this year.

Baidu releases a premium version of Ernie Bot, a ChatGPT-like bot

A Baidu sign is visible at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) held in Shanghai, China on July 6, 2023.

(Note: The currency conversion is based on an exchange rate of $1 = 7.3191 Chinese yuan.)

Reported by Eduardo Baptista; Edited by Jacqueline Wong.

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