Bing is getting turbocharged with an injection of OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology, transforming Microsoft’s search engine into something capable of carrying on a conversation.
The news was announced at a Microsoft ChatGPT event in February 2023 where company execs confirmed that OpenAI’s next-level chatbot tech is going to be integrated into both Bing and Microsoft’s web browser Edge.
This comes after Microsoft invested billions in OpenAI to try and challenge the search dominance of Google, which plans to launch its own Google Bard AI chatbot. There’s also a paid version of ChatGPT called ChatGPT Plus, so the AI chatbot race is really heating up.
On February 7, Microsoft announced a deeper partnership with OpenAI that sees it integrating a more powerful version of the company’s ChatGPT generative AI to improve Bing and Edge with new search and AI-powered features.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman both made an appearance at the event (which explains why Altman tweeted a photo of himself and Nadella(opens in new tab) yesterday) to reassure the audience that the “AI” tech powering Bing and Edge’s new features is safe and trustworthy, a key concern as generative AI continues to raise hackles in fields from cybersecurity to digital art creation.
What is ChatGTP?
So, the first question is: what is ChatGTP? I submitted this question to ChatGTP itself.
Certainly! I am ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence language model developed by OpenAI. I have been trained on a large dataset of human language to understand and generate text that mimics human conversation. Essentially, I am a computer program that can communicate with people in natural language, such as English, to answer questions, provide information, or engage in conversation on a wide range of topics.
As a language model, I work by processing the text input I receive and generating a response based on my understanding of the language and the context of the conversation. I can answer factual questions, provide explanations, offer advice, or just engage in casual conversation.
One of the benefits of using a language model like me is that I can access a vast amount of information and knowledge on almost any topic, as long as it’s within my training dataset. However, it’s important to note that I am not perfect and may occasionally provide incorrect or incomplete information.
Overall, my goal is to help users in their information-seeking or conversational needs, and I am constantly learning and improving with each interaction.
Can you tell me more?
As a language model, I’m built on a neural network architecture that processes text inputs and generates text outputs. My training dataset consists of a vast amount of text data, including books, articles, and web pages, which I use to learn patterns and structures of language.
When you ask me a question or provide me with a statement, I analyze the text to understand its meaning and context. I can recognize things like keywords, grammatical structures, and semantic relationships between words to generate a response. I also use a technique called natural language processing (NLP) to help me understand the nuances of language, such as sarcasm, humor, and tone.
One of the key benefits of using a language model like me is that I can process large amounts of text data quickly and accurately. This makes me useful for tasks such as information retrieval, language translation, and sentiment analysis.
However, it’s important to note that while I am designed to mimic human conversation, I am not sentient or conscious. I am a machine learning model that has been trained to generate text based on patterns in data. While I can understand and respond to many different types of text inputs, I do not have feelings, beliefs, or personal opinions.
I hope this provides you with a better understanding of what I am and what I can do. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
ChatGTP with Bing
If you’ve already used the new Bing on a desktop computer, then the experience will seem mostly familiar to you. The biggest difference is that instead of clicking the “Chat” option under the search bar, you just click the Bing icon at the bottom of your phone’s screen. Once you do that, you’ll have access to the chatbot AI, which operates essentially like the desktop version — with one notable change.
The Bing app has been given support for voice commands, which is a major upgrade in terms of convenience. Just hit the microphone icon and you can start actually chatting with the chatbot, not just typing its requests. While you add the wrinkle of Microsoft potentially storing your voice data, if you’re comfortable with using voice commands on your smartphone in general, this shouldn’t be any different.
Microsoft chatbots: Edge and Skype also get ChatGPT features
As mentioned, the Bing app isn’t all that’s getting a new Bing-style upgrade. The Microsoft Edge app on mobile now also allows you to use the new Bing’s new chatbot AI. I was able to access this as well, though I found it operated the same as using the chatbot feature on the desktop browser version of the new Bing.
The one app I did not get a chance to use was Skype and its new ChatGPT integration, which is much different from the Bing and Edge integrations.
In the Skype app, you can now add Bing to your group conversations. You just take an existing group conversation and add the new Bing to it like you would any other contact. Bing then acts as a member of the conversation, providing answers to queries if directly mentioned. Simply just add “@Bing” to your message and Bing will respond.
Microsoft says that this Skype integration is fluent in more than 100 languages and capable of translation. It can also provide answers as bullet points, traditional text or a simplified response. This seems very similar to thee Chat tones Microsoft recently announced for the Bing chatbot AI.