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Baidu's ERNIE chatbot, launched with great fanfare two weeks ago, has gone missing. Baidu last week invited users and media, including The Register, to a Monday product launch at which it promised to reveal "a series of ERNIE Bot cloud services and application products." "Enterprises of different types can choose cloud …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fully cognizant

    ... that saying something politically wrong could lead to a lobotomy.

  2. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge

    I wonder if they know that ERNIE was originally an RNG used by Premium Bonds?

    How apt.

    1. jollyboyspecial Silver badge

      I'm hoping this time it doesn't just stand for Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment

  3. _Elvi_

    Seriously ..

    One snarky comment from ERNIE about the Middle Kingdom.. and POOFF!

  4. skeptical i

    rubber duckie

    Might ERNIE have gone MIA because Ernie, the Sesame Street character, once sang a song about his beloved rubber duckie? Of possible note is the lyric:

    Every day when I

    Make my way to the


    I find a little fella'

    who's cute and yella'

    and chu-ubby:

    Rubber duck duck duckie.

    Given the response to Winnie-the-Pooh, one wonders if all chubby yellow (historic slur against Asians) beings are verboten. There's also another line, "rubber duckie, joy of joys, when I squeeze you you make noise" which could be read as a criticism of leadership style.

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