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Alibaba touts testing ChatGPT-style tool as AI buzz grows

Popular Microsoft-backed chatbot sparks race for rival offerings

People stand in front of an Alibaba sign during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai during September.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China's Alibaba Group Holding on Wednesday said it is developing a ChatGPT-style artificial intelligence tool and that it was currently in internal testing.

Microsoft-backed chatbot sensation ChatGPT -- which can generate articles, essays, jokes and even poetry in response to prompts -- has been rated the fastest-growing consumer app in history since it was launched in November.

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