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    Chinese search giant launches AI chatbot with prerecorded demo / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 16 March - 13:11

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Enlarge / Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of Baidu chief Robin Li introduces the functions of the company’s AI chatbot Ernie in Beijing on Thursday. Li said there was high market demand as Chinese companies raced to develop an equivalent to Microsoft-backed ChatGPT. (credit: Ng Han Guan/AP)

Shares of Baidu fell as much as 10 percent on Thursday after the web search company showed only a pre-recorded video of its AI chatbot Ernie in the first public release of China’s answer to ChatGPT.

The Beijing-based tech company has claimed Ernie will remake its business and for weeks talked up plans to incorporate generative artificial intelligence into its search engine and other products.

But on Thursday, millions of people tuning in to the event were left with little idea of whether Baidu’s chatbot could compete with ChatGPT.

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    Cruise says it’s started driverless testing—I’m skeptical / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 - 23:29

Cruise says it’s started driverless testing—I’m skeptical

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Cruise, the self-driving company that counts Honda and GM as major shareholders, has begun testing self-driving Chevy Bolts with no one in the driver's seat, the company announced on Wednesday. A safety operator in the passenger seat has the ability to stop the car in an emergency but not "traditional driver controls," according to the company. The car will also be monitored remotely.

Cruise has been testing its self-driving cars for more than 2 million miles. But like other companies with advanced self-driving technologies, Cruise has to decide when and how to make the leap from testing prototypes to releasing a commercial product. Launching a product before it's ready could get someone killed.

Cruise's leading competitor, Alphabet-owned Waymo, launched a self-driving taxi service in the Phoenix suburbs in 2017. Initially, Waymo had safety drivers behind the wheel and its hand-picked passengers were all under nondisclosure agreements. It wasn't until October 2020—more than three years later—that Waymo finally began offering fully driverless rides to the general public with no NDA.

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