Key points:

  • Microsoft plans to integrate OpenAI’s revolutionary chatbot, ChatGPT into its native search engine Bing.
  • The idea is to attract users to Bing and put an end to Google’s dominance. 
  • Microsoft is hinging its bets on ChatGPT’s contextual and conversational replies to user queries which goes beyond links as seen on Google. 

Will Google lose its charm in a few years? Is OpenAI’s AI-powered conversational chatbot platform ChatGPT the next big thing in the web search engine space?

Since its launch on November 30 last year, ChatGPT has become the main topic of discussion across the tech community. Microsoft is planning to integrate Open AI’s cutting-edge chatbot, ChatGPT to Bing, its native search engine to pull users from Google. 

Microsoft is placing its bets on ChatGPT which provides contextual and conversational replies to user queries instead of displaying multiple links in front of your screen (like Google). 

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When can we expect to see ChatGPT and Bing come together?

The tech giant is expected to release the new feature in the upcoming months after carefully evaluating ChatGPT’s accuracy and the best way to integrate it with Bing.  The initial release will be available only to a few users who will test the product and provide their feedback. 

It is no secret that Google’s stature is of a palm tree compared to Bing in the web search engine space. However, Microsoft is hoping to change that after integrating ChatGPT to Bing. Will we see other search engines flourish in the future? 

More about ChatGPT 

OpenAI made ChatGPT available for public testing in November. OpenAI is an artificial intelligence research company that is supported by a $1 billion investment from Microsoft.  Since its release, it has made the headlines due to its incredible ability to recite everything from cocktail recipes to writing convincing academic essays.

While some analysts and professionals have stated the AI service’s capacity to summarise publicly available data can make it a credible alternative to Google search and a list of search-generated links, the service occasionally confidently and authoritatively provides inaccurate information. Sam Altman, Chief Executive Officer at OpenAI said that it is not a wise decision to rely on ChatGPT for important things (at least for now). 

How is Google responding to this situation?

While we are not exactly sure about how Google will respond to Microsoft’s plans, we have a basic idea. 

Last month, Google’s employees made a concerning inquiry to CEO Sundar Pichai and head of AI research Jeff Dean about the chatbot’s potential threat to the company. Google has been developing a similar system titled LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogue Applications, but any blunders or errors could tarnish its credibility.  Pichai and the company’s management have since organised teams of researchers to respond to ChatGPT after issuing a “code red” threat

What can expect in the future? Only time will tell. 

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