If we are to believe analysts, the artificially intelligent chatbot ChatGPT from start-up OpenAI is a huge success. With one hundred million users two months after launch, it would be the fastest growing consumer internet app ever. This causes nerves at Google and so the technology giant is making a turn: a similar chatbot will soon be usable by the general public.
It took Instagram 2.5 years, TikTok did it in nine months, but ChatGPT would already have 100 million monthly active users in January, eight weeks after launch. “We can’t recall a consumer internet app that has grown so fast in the past 20 years,” analysts at major bank UBS write, according to Reuters news agency.
The OpenAI experimental chatbot has shaken Google to its foundations. According to The New York Times management has therefore called for a ‘code red’. There are fears that ChatGPT can or will answer questions so well that it will become a direct competitor to the dominant search engine. It is still vital to the internet company’s income. A Google executive called it a tipping point for Google’s future.
‘Bard’ will initially be tested by a limited group of people. In the coming weeks, Google wants to make the chatbot available to the general public.
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How powerful the chatbot will be remains to be seen. Google emphasizes that user feedback will be used to ensure that the chatbot displays correct information. That is also a major criticism of ChatGPT: it can give answers that are completely wrong, without giving any indication. “It is vital that we bring these experiences to the world in a bold and responsible way,” Pichai writes in his blog post.
Even more AI in the search engine
Google has been using artificial intelligence in its wide range of apps and websites for some time now. For example, there are computer models that help to understand search queries. The company wants to go beyond providing factual answers to questions.
For example, AI should ensure that Google can summarize various answers to more complex questions in a short text, including links to articles on the subject, among other things. This functionality has not yet been given a specific launch date.
Microsoft’s hot breath down the neck
ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI and that start-up is getting a hefty sum of money — about ten billion dollars — from Microsoft. That tech giant has been trying unsuccessfully to compete with Google for years, but search engine Bing could never make a dent in a stick of butter.
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