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Chinese companies are pumping money into artificial intelligence, hoping tools such as Baidu's Ernie Bot can rival the likes of OpenAI's ChatGPT. (Source photos by AP) 
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AI frenzy sweeps China as companies search for their own ChatGPT

Money is no object as investors big and small rush into chatbot technology

CISSY ZHOU, Nikkei staff writer | China

HONG KONG -- In February, shortly after OpenAI's ChatGPT took the tech world by storm, a series of posts by high-profile Chinese entrepreneur Wang Huiwen went viral on social media.

"I am investing $50 million. Please team up with me to embrace the new era and create China's OpenAI. I currently do not understand AI technology but I am working hard to learn," Wang, the co-founder of food delivery platform Meituan, said in one of the posts.

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