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Baidu to Win China’s Approval for AI Models

Regulators may give out the green light as soon as this week!

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China will approve the first batch of generative artificial intelligence services for public rollout as soon as this week, freeing up homegrown technology champions including Baidu Inc. to openly compete with the likes of OpenAI Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

The Cyberspace Administration of China will soon give the green light to a handful of firms including fledgling players and major technology names, people familiar with the matter said. Search leader Baidu is expected to be among the first to win approval from Beijing’s top internet watchdog, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

In a post on its official WeChat account, Baidu said Ernie Bot its ChatGPT rival — will become available to the public on Aug. 31. The company will also release a batch of new applications for users to experience generative AI.

The approvals, which are coming just weeks after the government implemented sweeping new regulations governing AI, will officially bring ChatGPT-style services to one billion or more internet users for the first time.

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