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China's Cyberspace Research Institute has revealed it's created a large language model and conversational AI based on the philosophies of President Xi Jinping. The XiBot isn't online, at least not yet – according to a Chinese government announcement it's being tested internally. The service is built on a corpus of government …

  1. sarusa Silver badge

    Yeah, this is too dangerous for them.

    There's no way they're going to let this loose for everyone (even just in China) to poke at. They're going to need censors scrubbing the output at all times lest the Xi-bot say anything (gasp) non-Xi Jinping Thought approved. And all LLMs so far are very easy to jailbreak - there's no reason why China's would be any better, especially with most of it being 'acquired' technology. So anyone who knows what they're doing with an LLM could make Xi-bot say the funniest, most treasonous things (and the bar is very very low for treason).

    Probably their best use for it is to auto-generate his usual rambling, vacuous, pronouncements on every subject under the sun for publishing, saving the real Xi a lot of work. Though he obviously loves to pontificate, so you'd have to strike a safe balance between freeing up his time and taking away his joy of preaching.

    I can see other cases where something similar could work better, though. A Trump-bot would likely be more coherent than the real thing, would lie - okay, about the same amount. But would definitely be much less malicious, and at least wouldn't reek of filled diapers. And a Johnson-bot would be pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing for speaking, at least? And wouldn't force your liquor cabinet open and guzzle all the good plonk.

    1. ExpatZ

      Re: Yeah, this is too dangerous for them.

      Hillarious given that the US and Europe are doing just that.

      Maybe pay attention to the laws restricting your speech being passed this year, in other words stop believing ands start verifying what you think you know for once in your life.

      What you are told by the media and you corrupt authoritarian politicians is not what really is.

  2. Paul Herber Silver badge

    'rebuilding a digital Napoleon'

    make it out of ARM-in-waistcoat chips?

  3. veti Silver badge

    Can't wait for this to be jailbroken

    Props to the first person who can get Xibot to say "Chiang Kai-shek was right all along".

    1. Casca Silver badge

      Re: Can't wait for this to be jailbroken

      "Formosa is the true China"

      1. StudeJeff

        Re: Can't wait for this to be jailbroken

        "Free Tibet"

    2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
      Black Helicopters

      Re: Can't wait for this to be jailbroken

      Props to the first person who can get Xibot to say "Chiang Kai-shek was right all along".

      No. Not props. I'm sure that person would receive something else though. Possibly bullets? Possibly an all-expenses paid trip to a nice Labour Camp.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Can't wait for this to be jailbroken

      Oh, it's really not so difficult: they'd have been in agreement on pretty much everything on the matter of how to govern a country, except on the name of the person who should be in charge.

  4. Tubz Silver badge

    President Pooh's 3 philosophies,

    1. I am right, the universe is wrong,

    2. Do as I say, not as I do.

    3. If in doubt, see 1 and 2

    1. Bebu Silver badge

      A Cunning Plan...

      Sneak the relevant works of A.A.Milne into the Xi/LLM training set - and those of Benjamin Hoff for good measure.

      Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie,

      A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.

      Ask me a riddle and I reply:

      “Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.”

      Should, when merged with Xi's (possibly less coherent) political philosophy, produce interesting results.

  5. HuBo

    Three's company resurrection

    Chat Xi-PT, Kim-Jong AI, and Vladimir PutAIn (forgive me French), as LLM roommates for life, in the same computer ... an hilarious sci-fi sitcom chronicling the trio's escapades, hijinks, constant misunderstandings, and financial struggles -- must see AI-TV!

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    reminds me of a story by Joe Haldeman. think they made a computer model of Manfred Von Richthofen. wonder if they'll have a model of chairman Mao.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: sci-fi

      We were going to make one of Emperor Nero, but we realised it was quicker and cheaper just to wait for him to be re-elected.

  7. steviebuk Silver badge

    China created

    No they didn't. China stole would be more like it.

    The ironic thing here, as with their other LLMs, you can tell they've stolen them from the west. The image AI creation tools. Because its western, attempting to do Chinese, it doesn't understand local colloquialism. So when asked to draw "Duck soup", it draws a duck swimming in soup.

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