Pitting AI Titans Against Each Other: GPT-4 versus ERNIE

JJohn December 16, 2023 7:02 AM

The article weighs in on a showdown between Baidu's ERNIE Bot 4.0 and OpenAI's GPT-4. Both chatbots have their strengths and weaknesses, with ERNIE showing a better grasp on current affairs and practical scenarios, whereas GPT-4 is better at poetic tasks and handling politically sensitive topics.

Introducing the AI gladiators: ERNIE and GPT-4

Two big players in the AI chatbot realm are Baidu's ERNIE Bot 4.0 and OpenAI's GPT-4. These chatbots have been put through their paces, with tests designed to challenge them in their primary languages. ERNIE, being a Chinese-oriented bot, is more fluent in Chinese, though it can deal with English to some degree. Conversely, GPT-4 is primarily English-oriented but can handle queries in other languages like German.

ERNIE outperforms GPT-4 in current affairs

When it comes to staying up-to-date with current affairs, ERNIE holds the edge. The Chinese bot even knew that Taylor Swift had entered the billionaires' club and was aware of recent changes in China's defense ministry. In contrast, GPT-4 faltered in these areas, providing outdated information because its knowledge base hasn't been updated since April 2023.

When the chatbots were set to more practical tasks, they were evenly matched. Whether it was helping a hardworking graphic designer draft an email to ask for a raise or devising nutritious meal plans, both ERNIE and GPT-4 rose to the challenge and delivered comparable results.

However, when it came to the creative task of crafting a romantic haiku, GPT-4 outshone ERNIE. GPT-4 produced a beautifully evocative piece, whereas ERNIE, though it crafted a touching poem in Chinese, seemed to misunderstand the specific format of a haiku.

GPT-4 tackles sensitive topics; ERNIE evades

When the conversation turned to politically sensitive topics, particularly those regarding China, ERNIE tended to evade the issues. Asking about the Tiananmen Square massacre or why Xi Jinping had removed presidential term limits led to the bot closing the query box or flashing an error message. In contrast, GPT-4 was willing and able to provide accurate insights into these topics.

GPT-4 still leads in technological abilities

From a technological standpoint, ERNIE has made considerable strides in terms of comprehension, generation, and reasoning. However, according to industry benchmarks, GPT-4 retains its superior position, even though ERNIE has managed to narrow the gap somewhat.

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