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Google, Meta lift AI stakes in Asia amid ChatGPT hype

Facebook parent taps emerging tech for region's 'next billion users'

Meta and Google are both rushing to develop artificial intelligence tools in a battle for regional clout amid a rush for ChatGPT-style AI applications.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Asia's artificial intelligence race is heating up, with U.S. tech giant Google and rival Meta, operator of Facebook, developing AI tools in a battle for regional clout amid a rush for ChatGPT-type applications.

As an advertising slump clips the earnings of the tech titans, the two companies see AI as a means to shore up services for their user bases in the region, with the Microsoft-backed chatbot ChatGPT capturing the imagination of web surfers through its ability to keenly reply to open-ended queries.

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