In a rush of international tech companies attempting to duplicate the well-liked AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba announced on Thursday that it was developing a competitor.

As a result of ChatGPT, companies like Microsoft, Google, and China’s Baidu are all attempting to create chatbots that can mimic human speech.

The program, created by San Francisco company OpenAI, has generated buzz for its potential to quickly and on-demand create essays, poems, and computer code, sparking widespread worries about academic dishonesty or the demise of certain professions.

Alibaba is creating its own chatbot in the style of ChatGPT, a company spokesperson told AFP on Thursday. The bot is currently being tested by employees.

She refused to say when the service would go live or whether it would be a part of Taobao, China’s biggest online marketplace.

Just a few days ago, the dominant Chinese search engine Baidu declared that the testing of their AI chatbot would be finished by March.

Microsoft intends to combine the powerful capabilities of language-based artificial intelligence with its Bing search engine and has announced a multimillion-dollar partnership with OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT.

A wide range of AI-powered features were also unveiled by Google on Wednesday.

Since there are no limitations on how AI-synthesised text, audio, and video are created, this threat of identity theft, financial fraud, and reputational harm has raised concerns throughout the world.

Deepfakes, which use chatbot-like technology to produce uncannily accurate digital doppelgängers, have drawn the ire of Beijing, which has warned that they pose a threat to social stability and national security.