It’s fake and confusing: A series of ChatGPT clones are rampant in China

Tram Ho

It has only been a few months since its launch, however, ChatGPT has become one of the things that are of interest to the whole world. This chatbot gives extremely convincing answers and closely resembles the way humans respond.

The AI ​​race is getting hotter as a series of large Chinese corporations such as Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, NetEase and all announced their intention to test and launch ChatGPT-like chatbots in the near future.

However, the heat of ChatGPT also made some people take advantage of this chatbot and since then many clones of ChatGPT appeared in the country of billions of people.

According to Sixth Tone, users can find a series of accounts selling services similar to ChatGPT on WeChat. These accounts promise users to be able to chat with the AI ​​robot through small apps and websites.

But in contrast to ChatGPT, an AI chatbot that is released for free, clones in China charge users 999 yuan ($147) per year for unlimited access after accessing it. Try it out a few times.

“ChatGPT AI is not a piece of code or software. It is a ‘human’ who knows and can do anything. It can answer based on its thoughts”, quoted the introduction of the account called AI Asking Robot. This account said it will help users use intelligent chatbots.

Another account called “ChatGPT Portal” requires users to pay 66 yuan/month for 1,200 queries. This service was blocked by WeChat on February 10 and was denounced by users as a scam.

Sharing with The Paper, lawyer Chu Jiang said that copying ChatGPT could be considered a violation of the law. “The issuer of such services may face criminal charges,” the lawyer said.

However, the ChatGPT clones are not really as good as expected. When asked “Who is your father?”, the ChatGPT clone replied: “My father is John Smith”. But when asked “Who is John Smith?” the application gives an error.

The answer is far from ChatGPT application, after asking the same question, the chatbot replied as follows: “I am a language model programmed by OpenAI and have no father. I was created from the process of training and learning a huge data set on the Internet.”

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2 different answers between real ChatGPT and fake ChatGPT (Image: Sixth Tone)

Chen Lijiulie, an influencer in the technology industry, said the counterfeit products do not use the application programming interface (API) of GPT-3, which is the forerunner of ChatGPT, or other chatbots on the domestic market. land. Speaking to Sixth Tone, Chen said: “ChatGPT has not yet supported services in China or authorized any organizations here.”

But on social media, ChatGPT really created a fever in this billion-populated country, many experts and technology companies immediately had to join the AI ​​race. According to an analysis report based on Google Trends, since January 23, search topics related to ChatGPT have increased rapidly worldwide, of which China is the first country in this ranking.

Every day, there are many stores on Taobao that make money by helping users sign up for ChatGPT service. However, China’s largest e-commerce platform has now taken these services down.

Chen Lijiulie said, he has created a community of ChatGPT users and every day the number of participants increases rapidly. From zero in just 2 weeks, more than 2,000 members have joined this community.

Chen said that most users are students who want to use ChatGPT to create content and edit documents for learning purposes. Meanwhile, office workers also use AI chatbots to help them with text-related tasks such as compiling or marketing content.

According to him, Internet censorship regulations in China have prevented many users from experiencing this world’s new technology. As someone who used to use ChatGPT in both English and Chinese, Chen said that this chatbot is not too smart when communicating in Chinese because of the lack of a source data set.

Source: Sixth Tone

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