BEIJING, Aug. 17,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Baidu, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BIDU and HKEX: 9888) ("Baidu" or the "Company"), a leading
AI company with strong internet foundation, announced a significant
expansion of ERNIE Bot, Baidu's knowledge-enhanced large language
model (LLM), at the Wave Summit Deep Learning Developer Conference
2023 held yesterday. With the addition of five native plugins,
ERNIE Bot can now generate more rapid results, process long
documents, conduct data analysis and visualization, interact with
image inputs, and convert text into video. Since its debut in
March 2023, ERNIE Bot has increased
its training throughput 3-fold and boosted inference throughput by
over 30 times.
Other major announcements revealed at Wave Summit 2023
include the latest update to Baidu's PaddlePaddle deep learning
platform, which has engaged eight million developers, served
220,000 enterprises, and housed 800,000 models; the release of
AI-native application InfoFlow, poised to redefine how businesses
and developers interact with AI; and the availability of Baidu
Comate AI coding assistant to enterprise developers.
View demos of ERNIE Bot plugins, InfoFlow, and Baidu
In his keynote speech at the event, Baidu CTO
Haifeng Wang said that the core
abilities of understanding, generation, reasoning, and memory in AI
bring humanity closer to artificial general intelligence (AGI).
LLMs possessing these abilities herald a new dawn for
Powered by innovative training techniques and
massive datasets – containing trillions of data points and
hundreds of billions of knowledge facts – ERNIE Bot has made
substantial progress in recent months, allowing it to more fully
harness these abilities. It has now gained high-level proficiency
in over 200 genres of writing, a 1.6-fold increase in content
quality since its debut in March. Other noteworthy improvements
include a 2.1-fold increase in chain-of-thought, allowing for more
in-depth reasoning, and an 8.3-fold expansion in knowledge scope,
broadening ERNIE Bot's overall comprehension.
New ERNIE Bot Plugins Broaden
ERNIE Bot has added five plugins to meet diverse demands
and enable a multitude of use cases. Speaking at Wave Summit 2023,
Baidu Corporate Vice President Tian
Wu explained that this expansion is expected to broaden
ERNIE Bot's functionalities, with support for up to three plugins
simultaneously. The new additions include:
- Baidu Search: Offers seamless integration with Baidu
Search, delivering timely and precise results.
- ChatFile: Facilitates conversational interactions based
on long documents.
- Data Analytics & Visualization: Automatically crafts
insightful data charts and visualizations such as word
- Visual Interaction: Supports dialogues that incorporate
image content and context.
- Text-to-Video: Transforms text descriptions into engaging
At the event, Baidu also issued an invitation to
developers to test the LLM plugins, offering participating
developers a toolkit for plugin development.
New Community Brings Together Foundation Model
Tian revealed that Baidu's AI Studio (Xinghe Community)
has now become China's largest AI
community, with over 6.09 million development projects. With the
growing interest in foundation models (FMs), AI Studio has launched
its AI Studio FM Community to offer an integrated development
experience. The community now has more than 300 innovative FM
At the summit, Baidu also announced the launch of the AI
Studio Co-Creation Plan to foster AI applications in collaboration
PaddlePaddle Upgrades Open-Source Framework to
The underlying deep learning platform PaddlePaddle has
been instrumental in the rapid advances made by ERNIE Bot. For
example, ERNIE Bot's leapfrog increases in training throughput and
inference throughput were enabled by the implementation of
PaddlePaddle's adaptive hybrid parallel training technologies and
optimizations across model compression, inference, and
Yanjun Ma, General Manager
of the AI Technology Ecosystem at Baidu, announced that as
PaddlePaddle's open-source framework has been upgraded to version
2.5. It has gained a new architecture with improved differential
functions and general performance optimizations. Baidu also
launched PaddleScience v1.0 as PaddlePaddle's AI-driven scientific
computing toolkit. In addition, PaddleHelix, its bio-computing
tool, released HelixDock, a large protein-compound conformation
affinity prediction model.
Next-Gen AI-Native Applications Redefine
LLMs like ERNIE Bot are bringing unprecedented changes to
enterprise workspace and collaboration. For example, the Baidu
InfoFlow "Super Assistant", unveiled at Wave Summit 2023 by Baidu
Corporate Vice President and CIO Ying Li, can automate enterprise
operations like task management, document processing,
conversational Business Intelligence, and work communications,
reducing completion times from hours to minutes or even
Baidu also announced the launch of Baidu Comate, its
in-house developed AI coding assistant. Baidu Comate provides smart
recommendations and generation of code, comments, tests, and
documentation to boost R&D efficiency across over 30
programming languages and over 10 IDEs. As the first commercial
full-scenario AI coding assistant developed in China, Baidu Comate is now officially open to
Baidu's announcements at Wave Summit 2023 reflect the dawn
of a new era in AI technology and development. Through these
innovative products and community engagements, Baidu continues to
demonstrate its commitment to driving technological advancement and
empowering developers and businesses worldwide.
Founded in 2000, Baidu's mission is to make the
complicated world simpler through technology. Baidu is a leading AI
company with strong Internet foundation, trading on the NASDAQ
under "BIDU" and HKEX under "9888." One Baidu ADS represents eight
Class A ordinary shares.
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