Russian techlonogy enthusiasts are celebrating a new innovation that will offer them a whole new eperience that their American counterparts have been enjoying.
Russia’s Sberbank on Monday announced that it has developed a rival technology to American ChatGPT- a Microsoft-backed artificial intelligence chatbot released in November.
Called Gigachat, the Sberbank chatbot is said to excel among its peers — ChatGPT in particular — thanks to its excellent Russian-language comprehension as well as its ability to generate images, a feature that ChatGPT currently lacks.
Initially, the chatbot will be available to a small community of testers who can sign up to participate in the testing process through a closed Telegram channel.
Sberbank’s CEO Herman Gref described GigaChat as “a breakthrough for the larger universe of Russian technology.”
“It’s important to note that GigaChat can be used not only by those who love to experiment with new technologies, but also by students, and even researchers for serious scientific work.”
Gref served as a minister of economic development during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first two terms in power and is currently sanctioned by several Western governments.
Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank has embraced and invested in emerging technologies in recent years to foster domestic innovation and reduce reliance on foreign markets and enterprises in the technology sector.