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A.I. Powered Chatbot Explodes Globally Despite Massive Controversies

A.I. Powered Chatbot Explodes Globally Despite Massive Controversies

Data security did not seem to worry any tech players in China — not even when ChatGPT is controversial for its data mining. In fact, Google’s Bard’s (chatbot) is now capable of writing software codes, which will greatly impact CNC programming in metalworking.

The French are on tenterhooks over cyber security that it is investigating complaints brought against ChatGPT. Fake news are now creeping into the information super highway through various chat bots. From a fabricated celebrity interview to locomotive accidents, it seems the world has gotten into the habit of relying upon Google albeit on a quicker pace for insights and solutions.

Italy was the first country to stop ChatGPT for data protection. Reuters reported the chatbot was reactivated in Italy after its maker OpenAI addressed issues raised by Italy’s data protection authority, the agency and the company confirmed.

The company assured it will provide greater visibility of its privacy policy and user content opt-out form. It will also provide a new form for European Union users to exercise their right to object to its use of personal data to train its models.

The form requires people who want to opt out to provide detailed personal information, including evidence of data processing via relevant prompts. Garante said it recognises the steps taken to combine technological progress with respect to people’s rights and hopes that the company will continue along this path of compliance with European data protection regulations.

Microsoft Corp-backed OpenAI took ChatGPT offline in Italy in March 2023 after the country’s data protection authority, also known as Garante, temporarily banned the chatbot and launched a probe over the artificial intelligence application’s suspected breach of privacy rules.

France’s privacy watchdog CNIL was investigating several complaints about ChatGPT after the chatbox was temporarily banned in Italy over a suspected breach of privacy rules. 

“The CNIL has received several complaints about ChatGPT and is investigating them,” the watchdog said by email in response to a Reuters query.

Google’s Bard May Include G Code

Alphabet Inc’s Google said it will update Bard, its generative artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, to help people write code to develop software, as the tech giant plays catch-up in a fast-moving race on AI technology. The company started the public release of Bard to gain ground on Microsoft Corporation.

The release of ChatGPT, a chatbot from the Microsoft-backed startup OpenAI, last year caused a sprint in the technology sector to put AI into more users’ hands. Google describes Bard as an experiment allowing collaboration with generative AI, technology that relies on past data to create rather than identify content.

Bard will be able to code in 20 programming languages including Java, C++ and Python, and can also help debug and explain code to users, Google disclosed. That brings alarm bells or humongous red flags to the CNC sector.

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G-code (also known as RS-274) is the name of the most prevalent programming language for computer numerical control (CNC) in computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). G-code provides metric-based numeric control of CAM-controlled equipment such as CNC milling machines

The company said Bard can also optimize code to make it faster or more efficient with simple prompts such as “Could you make that code faster?”. Currently, Bard can be accessed by a small set of users who can chat with the bot and ask questions instead of running Google’s traditional search tool. However, would the market be assured of data protection given the codes are the lifeline of CNC.

Next Comes China

With all the global action surrounding chat bots, it would be uncanny for China to miss the fun. The global buzz around Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT has spread to China, shoring up stocks in artificial intelligence (AI) related firms and prompting a flurry of domestic companies to announce rival projects.

The only consolation is to date: reports have not mentioned anything about China players diving into software programming codes. Chinese AI firm iFlytek unveiled a large language model called “SparkDesk” and demonstrated it generating texts, solving math problems and critiquing a handwritten essay.

Alibaba Group showed off its AI large language model called Tongyi Qianwen, saying it would be integrated into all its apps in the near future. Tongyi Qianwen will initially be integrated into workplace messaging app DingTalk and voice assistant Tmall Genie.

Chinese AI firm SenseTime unveiled on 10 April 2023 a slew of new AI-powered products, including a chatbot and image generator based off its AI model SenseNova. The company did not detail plans for a product roll-out.

Huawei Technologies’s Pangu series of AI models have applications ranging from drug development to computer vision. Baidu Inc unveiled its much-anticipated AI-powered chatbot known as Ernie Bot. It is now available to a limited number of users who apply for access codes.

Reuters’ tests showed the chatbot has a good command of the Chinese language but avoids answering some political questions. Baidu plans to use Ernie Bot to revolutionise its search engine, by far the most dominant in China, as well as beef up efficiency in its cloud, smart cars and household appliances businesses.

Tencent Holdings set up a development team for a ChatGPT-like chatbot to be called “HunyuanAide”, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Tencent reiterated a statement in February 2023 that it is doing research on ChatGPT-tool technology.

China’s Fudan University launched a ChatGPT-like chatbot called MOSS in February 2023. However, the team apologised after a surge in traffic caused the platform to crash hours after its launch, saying it was a very immature model that had a long way to go before reaching the level of ChatGPT.

E-commerce company JD.Com planned to launch a product similar to ChatGPT, to be called ChatJD and aimed at serving other businesses. China Telecom Corp is developing an industrial version of ChatGPT for telecoms, which will use AI in some customer service functions, domestic media said on Feb. 18.

Gaming firm NetEase plans to deploy large language models technology to serve its education business. 360 Security Technology Inc said it possessed language model technology but could not give a clear indication of when it would launch related products.

Short video app Kuaishou Technology is doing research on large language models, aiming to improve its products, such as AI customer service, the government-backed the Paper revealed. Inspur Electronic Information Industry has long invested in AI-Generated Content technology, it said on its investor relations website.


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