On May 6, Chinese voice recognition software company iFlytek unveiled its own artificial intelligence language model called SparkDesk, with the aim of challenging ChatGPT in education and enterprise uses. iFlytek chairman Liu Qingfeng claimed that SparkDesk is expected to surpass the current level of ChatGPT in Chinese understanding and match the OpenAI chatbot’s capabilities in English by October. Before that, the model will go through three rounds of key technical upgrades, Liu said, claiming that it has already outperformed ChatGPT in text generation, knowledge-based question and answering, and mathematical ability. SparkDesk is developed based on Huawei’s AI chip Ascend, according to local media outlet Caixin. [Caixin, in Chinese]