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State-sponsored Chinese AI firm launches bot service to ‘surpass’ ChatGPT

State-sponsored Chinese AI firm launches bot service to ‘surpass’ ChatGPT

Iflytek, a state-subsidized Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) company, recently announced the launch of “Spark Model,” an AI system designed to compete directly with OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

The launch took place at a tech event in HeiFei called “Spark Desk,” and featured a full demonstration of the new system’s capabilities.

Per a translation provided by Bing Translate, Iflytek founder and president Liu Qingfeng told event attendees that the Spark Model — also referred to as the “cognitive big model” — represented the “dawn of general artificial intelligence.”

While there’s no scientific consensus on whether general artificial intelligence (also referred to as artificial general intelligence or AGI) is even possible using current machine learning techniques, the billionaire tech mogul did offer  a comparison to ChatGPT and a timeline for updates:

“This year, we will continue to upgrade the big model, and on October 10, we will surpass ChatGPT in the Chinese [language] and reach the same level as it in English.”

Details about the underlying technology powering Spark Model are scarce as of the time of this article’s publishing, but company president Liu Qingfeng described the AI’s capabilities as “far ahead of the existing system that can be measured in China.”

Direct comparisons between ChatGPT and similar models can be difficult to make without side-by-side benchmarking. Not only does OpenAI keep training details and other proprietary information under wraps, but ChatGPT is also banned in China — a fact that limits OpenAI’s ability to train its models on Chinese languages and culture.

The current ban on ChatGPT in China has been described as potentially stifling. Especially when compared to Hong Kong, a city designated as a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, where there’s no populace-wide ban on the use of technologies such as ChatGPT and cryptocurrency.

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