A day after Google announced the upcoming launch of the new artificial intelligence (AI)-based answer and task engine called "Bard", Microsoft also makes a dramatic announcement about a new service in the world of generative artificial intelligence (Generative AI).
This evening, Microsoft announced a significant upgrade to its Bing search engine and Edge browser, so that they will be based on a powerful AI engine that will provide complex answers and perform tasks, in the style of ChatGPT - the popular AI engine launched in November 2022.
Unlike Google's Bard engine, which will be launched to the general public in just a few weeks, Microsoft's new engine is already available to the general public, freely.
"Artificial intelligence is profoundly changing every software category, first of all in the biggest category of all - search," announced Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
A post on the company's blog states that "Today, 10 billion searches are performed every day, but about half of them remain unanswered because people use search for tasks it was not intended for. It is great for finding websites, but it often fails to answer more complex questions or tasks." .
The ChatGPT service was launched last November and these days it is revolutionizing the way we can easily process complex information and perform writing and creative tasks that previously required many resources.
ChatGPT allows surfers to enter various questions and tasks into it and receive complex answers back, thus effectively performing complete tasks automatically.
The system does this by analyzing the mountains of information accumulated on the Internet, and based on artificial intelligence capabilities provides answers that "summarize" that knowledge and make it accessible to the user.
For example, you can ask the system to write complete articles without providing the information required to write them.
According to a post published by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on the company's blog, the "Bard" software will combine the breadth of existing knowledge in the world with the power, intelligence and creativity of Google's large language models. "It relies on information from the Internet to provide up-to-date and high-quality answers." .
The statement about "up-to-date answers" in Pichai's words, implies the prominent advantage that the new service will likely have.
While ChatGPT presents answers based on out-of-date information, which only includes information up to 2021, Google's new service is supposed to be based on the current current information available on the web.
Microsoft's announcement today indicates that its users will already be able to enjoy a ChatGPT-style service that is based on up-to-date information.
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