What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is an AI-powered language chatbot developed by tech research firm OpenAI. Designed to answer user questions, it’s recently surged in popularity thanks to its ability to articulate complex concepts, low level coding, and even essays.
ChatGPT has taken over the internet due to its human-like answers to questions. It has been trained on a large dataset and can produce coherent and relevant responses to a wide range of prompts, making it a useful tool for generating written content.
Need an example? The last sentence of that last paragraph was actually generated by ChatGPT, in response to the question, “what is ChatGPT?” Capable of giving such conversational and clear responses to queries, it’s no wonder ChatGPT is poised to change the way we search the internet.
ChatGPT and Bing
Be it software development, content creation, or even education, ChatGPT has the potential to disrupt entire industries. The latest: search engine technology. Microsoft (MSFT), having already invested $1 billion into OpenAi, has first dibs on commercial use of ChatGPT. Now, it’s announced plans to incorporate the chatbot into its search engine Bing.
This is bad news for Google (GOOGL), the undisputed leader of the industry. Rather than simply providing a list of links, a Bing powered by ChatGPT could directly answer questions, help with tasks, and provide significantly more functionality than a regular search engine.
Notably, Google has been working on a similar service to ChatGPT, but has been slow to release updates or announcements.
ChatGPT, while incredibly impressive, is far from a perfect solution. To start, the “large dataset” used to train it does not include years after 2021. Also, it reportedly does not currently have the ability to access the internet. So, users with of-the-moment questions will likely be out of luck.
Additionally, ChatGPT can be confidently wrong. In other words, the chatbot is known at times to authoritatively present false information as fact. For an industry built around the spread of accurate information, this presents a major concern.
Regardless, with the rollout of ChatGPT, the internet just got a whole lot more interesting. But remember to always fact-check everything you read – even when that information comes from such an intelligent, confident robot.
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