Will this new AI chatbot replace Google? Say hello to ChatGPT

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Key points:

  • OpenAI is in the news again, and this time for its AI-powered chatbot that has taken the internet by storm. 
  • From dishing out poems to delivering interesting essays, the chatbot can do it all. Do not believe us? Head to Twitter and check it out for yourself. Thousands of excited tech enthusiasts have posted screenshots to showcase what the chatbot is capable of achieving. 
  • Although the tech has been around for a while, this is the first time OpenAI is making it commercially available for the masses. 

A threat to Google or an inspiration to go to the next level. Is Open AI’s chatbot, the ChatGPT3 capable of replacing Google in the future? 

There is some interesting news coming from OpenAI this week. The company, which was founded by Elon Musk has released a new chatbot called ChatGPT3. Although the underlying technology behind the innovation has been around for a while, this was the first time it was released to the public. That said, the company has issued a warning stating that the chatbot can provide irrelevant answers and also display biased behaviour. 

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More about ChatGPT – what can we expect?

ChatGPT is the latest addition to OpenAI’s series of AI-driven chatbots, referred to as GPTs by the company. GPT is the short form for Generative Pre-trained Transformer. 

The company made minor improvements and tweaked the earlier versions of this application via conversations with human trainers to create the new AI-powered system. Elon Musk, who is no longer on the board of OpenAI, said in a tweet that the system also gained knowledge via access to Twitter data. The head of Twitter stated he had “for now” suspended access.

The results amazed many users that have used the chatbot. Sam Altman, Chief Executive at OpenAI sent out a tweet stating that ChatGPT has already amassed a user base of over 1 million under a week after its launch. 

The new system enables AI to do things that have never been done before. For instance, ChatGPT can answer follow-up questions, challenge incorrect premises, decline irrelevant requests, and also admit its mistakes. The company has warned that the chatbot is more than capable of providing convincing yet illogical answers, which is exactly why one should not trust it completely. That said, the firm has confirmed that it is committed to improving its offering by collecting valuable feedback from users. 

Will ChatGPT put an end to Google’s golden era?

Google indexes content from billions of web pages by crawling them, categorizing them based on relevance, and then, providing a ranking based on all these results. Finally,  it dishes out a list of links for you to click on. ChatGPT provides something more alluring to all busy internet users: a single response based on its own search and synthesis of that data. 

ChatGPT has been trained on millions of websites to carry on a human-like conversation but also the content itself as long as it was released on the internet prior to late 2021. Unless Google ups its game, this system is tipped to be a major threat to Google in the future. 

It provides a single, instantaneous response that eliminates the need to search additional websites. At a time when online customers favour quick and easy-to-use services, such technology is referred to as a “frictionless” experience, which is somewhat of a holy grail in Silicon Valley’s lingo. 

Although Google will continue its dominance in the next few years, it has to tread cautiously. What are your thoughts on ChatGPT? 

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Karandeep is a technical content writer based out of Pune, a city in India that is also known as the Oxford of the East. His journey with writing started in 2014 when he decided to try his luck in a gaming startup as a Content Developer. Since then, he has written on a wide range of topics within the gaming and the tech space. Apart from his love for gaming, Karandeep is keeping tabs on the hottest trends in the tech industry. After completing his Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Symbiosis International University, Pune, he worked as an intern in an NGO that focused on urban development.
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