OpenAi’s ChatGPT chatbot is expected to be used by Microsoft Corp for its Bing search engine to lure users from Google. This has been said by a person privy to the plan but the person did not want to be named. Microsoft is hoping that the more conversational and contextual answers to queries would win over people by offering better-quality replies beyond links.
Microsoft Corp is planning to roll out the feature in the next few months. However, it is awaiting to know about the accuracy of the chatbot and how quickly it can be integrated with the search engine. Understandably, the initial release could be limited to fewer users for testing purposes
The company has been trying out chatGPT for several months, as The Information has already reported. Microsoft invested a whopping $1 billion in OpenAI. The AI research company released ChatGPT for users to test last November. The chatbot can give out cocktail recipes, and write seemingly-authentic school essays among many other things which piqued the interest of many.
Issues and risks
However, it also spouts incorrect information quite confidently as well. Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, tweeted last month about ChatGPT that it would be “a mistake to be relying on it for anything important”. Still, experts and analysts are hopeful about its ability to become a dependable alternative to Google search.
Concern for Google
Concerned Google employees asked AI research chief Jeff Dean and CEO Sundar Pichai last month whether or not the chatbot is a threat to the company. It is to be noted that Google is also working on a technology like ChatGPT in its Language Model for Dialogue Applications or LaMDA system. However, they are worried about the risk to their reputation for any error or mistake.
Google’s management team and the CEO have involved teams of researchers to retort to ChatGPT. As reported by the New York Times, Google acknowledged the situation as a ‘code red’ threat. Microsoft declined to say anything and OpenAI did not respond immediately either when requested a comment.