Baidu Claims Ernie Bot Garnered Over 200 Million Users Amid Rising Competition


China's Baidu on Tuesday said its artificial intelligence chatbot “Ernie Bot” has attracted more than 200 million users as it looks to remain China's most popular Chatbot-like Chatbot amid growing competition.

The number of users has almost doubled since the company's last update in December. The chatbot was released to the public eight months ago.

Baidu CEO Robin Li also said that Ernie Bot's application programming interface (API) was being used 200 million times per day, meaning the chatbot was requested to perform tasks multiple times a day by its users. .

The number of enterprise customers for the chatbot reached 85,000, Li said at a conference in Shenzhen.

In February, he told analysts that Baidu was starting to generate revenue from Ernie, and in the fourth quarter the company had made several hundred million dollars from using AI to improve its advertising services and help other companies build their models. Had earned yuan.

Last March, Ernie Bot was the first locally developed ChatGPT-like chatbot to be announced in China, but it was only approved for public release in August, becoming one of the first eight AI chatbots approved by Beijing.

Unlike many other countries, China requires companies to obtain approval before launching generative AI services.

Recent data shows that rival domestic AI services, notably 12-month-old Alibaba-backed start-up Moonshot AI's “Kimi” chatbot, are rapidly catching up with Ernie Bot.

Data from, a site that tracks user visits to online AI services, shows that Ernie Bot received a total of 14.9 million visits to its app and website last month, while Kimi received a total of 12.6 million visits in the same month. Was visited once. ,

And Kimi was growing much faster, with visits up 321.6% in March compared to February, while the number of visits to Ernie Bot increased by more than 48%, the data showed.

Globally, Chinese generic AI services still lag far behind their Western counterparts. According to, OpenAI's ChatGPT remains the world's most popular generative AI service, with total traffic increasing 9% to 1.86 billion views last month.

In recent months, China has accelerated approvals for AI services after highlighting AI as a key area of ​​technology where China must compete with the US. Last week, state media reported that 117 major AI models had been approved so far.

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