On August 31, Baidu made its large language model-supported Ernie Bot publicly available for usage, following approvals from Chinese authorities. In July this year, China’s internet watchdog released a regulation requiring companies within the country to obtain a license before they release generative AI models. Users can download the Ernie Bot app or access its official website to use the chatbot, Baidu said. Baidu’s chairman Robin Li mentioned that, following the opening, Ernie Bot will be able to use a significant amount of feedback from hundreds of millions of netizens to enhance and update its foundational LLM and provide users with better experiences. [Baidu statement, in Chinese]