Baidu's Ernie 4.0 Turbo Boosts API Capacity to Handle 500 Million Queries Daily

Baidu has released Ernie (Enhanced Representation through Knowledge Integration) 4.0 Turbo, an upgraded large language model (LLM) based on Ernie 4.0 from October 2023. This new model is faster and more powerful to keep Baidu ahead in the AI space.

Ernie 4.0 Turbo will be available on mobile apps and web platforms, and developers can integrate it through Baidu’s Qianfan AI platform. Wang Haifeng, Baidu’s chief technology officer, mentioned this during a recent event and highlighted Ernie’s applications such as Ernie Bot, a chatbot to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

Since 2019, Ernie has been growing in usage, powering innovations in smart cars, cloud computing and more. Ernie Bot has 300 million users already.

Baidu also upgraded its PaddlePaddle AI platform to version 3.0, supporting 14.65 million developers and 370,000 businesses worldwide.

In response to the growing demand, Baidu’s Ernie API now handles 500 million queries a day, up from April. Baidu also launched AI tools for the agricultural sector, expanding the application areas.

This development coincides with broader industry shifts, including OpenAI's decision to restrict access to its API in certain regions, prompting Chinese AI firms to offer migration services and incentives to affected users. In contrast, OpenAI recently introduced GPT-4o and a new macOS desktop app, amidst ongoing developments and challenges in the AI landscape.

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