Russian banking institution, Sberbank announced the release and testing phase of an AI chatbot called Gigachat that will compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
GigaChat is claimed to be able to communicate more intelligently in Russian than foreign languages and is said to be able to answer questions, hold conversations, and write program code, a report from Cybernews said.
Being released to a small community, testers can sign up through a closed Telegram channel.
GigaChat is the second AI chatbot to be introduced in Russia, after the country banned ChatGPT, last November, due to fears of disinformation and criminal use.
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Microsoft-backed OpenAI at the time also said it geo-blocked the AI tool to prevent users in Russia from accessing the system.