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Chinese Companies are the Main Competitors of ChatGPT Says Microsoft President, Brad Smith

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft Corporation has asserted that Chinese research institutes and companies are the main competitors of ChatGPT. As we know Microsoft is the largest investor in ChatGPT developer OpenAI. Smith disclosed this in an interview with Nikkei Asia in Tokyo.

According to him, the Chinese companies are the main competitors but they have little advantage. With American tech giants such as Amazon and Google increasingly competing in the AIGC, Smith said Chinese companies won’t be far behind either.

“We think there are three companies that are at the absolute forefront, one is Open AI in partnership with Microsoft, the other is Google, and the third is Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI),”.

Smith said, “Who is ahead and who is behind may change a bit at certain times of the year, but one thing remains constant: The gap is almost always measured in months rather than years.”

Emerging Chinese Companies in AI

The inception of Chinese companies in the Artificial Intelligence industry can be traced back to 2018 when very young-it founded the Beijing Zhiyuan Artificial Intelligence Research Institute called Zhiyuan Research Institute.

The AI institute is a new research and development institution in the field of artificial intelligence and was co-founded by more than a dozen “celebrities” in the Beijing AI circle across industries, universities, and research institutions.

In 2021, Zhiyuan launched China’s first + the world’s largest ultra-large-scale pre-training model, with an astonishing 1.75 trillion parameters, which is ten times that of GPT-3.5, and also surpassed Google’s super-large model Switch Transformers.

However, to keep on track, in May 2022, the Zhiyuan Tianyan team released Tianbao 1.0, which is the simulation of C with the highest biological accuracy and can simulate all 302 neurons and connection relationships of C with high precision steps. 

Moreover, it should be noted that the likes of Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, and other Chinese firms are on the front line in the AI industry. In this sense, Smith’s statements are in no way exaggerated. Indeed, Chinese firms are leading the AI sphere.


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