Ernie: China’s Baidu sues Apple over fake versions of its ChatGPT rival Ernie bot – Times of India

Chinese search engine giant baidu Has filed a lawsuit against “relevant” app developers and Apple over counterfeit copies of its ChatGPT competitor ernie Bot. The Chinese company claims that there are fake apps available on Apple’s App Store for Ernie Bot. Artificial Intelligence powered company launched last month ernie the bot The US-developed chatbot has been promoted as China’s closest answer to ChatGPT.
what does the lawsuit say
In its lawsuit, Baidu said it had filed a lawsuit in the Beijing Haidian People’s Court against the developers behind its Ernie bot and the Apple company’s fake app. “Currently, Ernie does not have an official app,” Baidu said in a statement posted on its official “Baidu AI” WeChat account. The company also posted a picture of its court filing.
fake apps on app store
The company said in its statement that the apps claiming to be the version of Ernie bot on the Apple App Store are fake. “Until the official announcement from our company, any Ernie app you see from App Store or other stores is fake,” it said. As of now, Ernie Bot is only available to users who apply for and receive an access code. In its statement, Baidu also warned against people selling access codes.
Apple has not yet responded to the claims. According to research by news agency Reuters, there were at least four apps with Chinese-language names for Ernie Bot in Apple’s App Store (as on 8 April), all of which were fakes.
Rough start for Ernie the bot
Baidu CEO Robin Li launched the Ernie bot at an event on March 16, where he gave a live streamed presentation, walking reporters through a series of pre-recorded demos showcasing the Chinese chatbot’s various capabilities. revealed. The company’s share price fell while the presentation was still being streamed live, but bounced back the next day due to strong demand from the Chinese corporate sector.
Earlier this month, Baidu shared pre-recorded videos of its AI-powered chatbot Ernie summarizing financial statements and creating PowerPoint presentations, among other industry-focused capabilities.
(with agency inputs)