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ChatGPT-like platform crashes just after launch in China, team apologizes



ChatGPT-like platform crashes just after launch in China, team apologizes

“MOSS is still a very immature model,” said the Fudan University team in China. (Representative)


A team at China’s Fudan University, which developed a chatbot platform like ChatGPT, apologized on Tuesday after it crashed hours after launching to the public due to a sudden surge of traffic.

The team’s announcement on Monday, which they called MOSS, immediately went viral on Chinese social media, garnering hundreds of millions of hits on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. State media described it as the first Chinese rival to OpenAI’s hit ChatGPT platform.

But MOSS, whose name is similar to the superintelligent quantum computer in the Chinese science-fiction blockbuster “Wandering Earth 2,” crashed shortly thereafter and as of Tuesday the team said it would no longer be open to the public.

The launch of MOSS and the public response to it underscore the enthusiasm for generative AI and ChatGPT in China and the challenges facing domestic industry in China’s many top universities and tech companies to produce a Chinese version of the Microsoft-backed chatbot. underlines.

The Fudan University team on Monday initially described MOSS as a conversational language model similar to ChatGPT, but on Tuesday they downplayed the comparison, saying they had a lot to improve.

“MOSS is still a very immature model, it still has a long way to go to catch up with ChatGPT. An academic research lab like ours is unable to produce a model that has the capability that ChatGPT has,” its website said in a statement published on

“Our computing resources were not enough to support such huge traffic and we as an academic group do not have enough engineering experience, which lead to a very bad experience and first impression on everyone, and we sincerely apologize to everyone for this Apologies.”

ChatGPT, the fastest growing consumer application in history, has also crashed several times due to heavy traffic.

While few users were able to share their experiences of the platform before the crash, a reporter for the Shanghai Observer shared a detailed account of the conversation with MOSS, saying that the chatbot’s English was better than Chinese.

Qiu Jipeng, a professor at the Fudan School of Computer Science and team leader, told the Shanghai Observer on Monday that the main difference between MOSS and ChatGPT was that the number of parameters put into the language training of MOSS was an order of magnitude smaller than that of ChatGPT. Was. ,

Qiu did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

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