Screenshots of Microsoft Bing's ChatGPT integration leak online
The first screenshots of Microsoft's ChatGPT integration in its Bing Search engine have leaked online. The company announced in January 2023 that it had plans to test ChatGPT, a language model designed for dialogue, in Bing.
Microsoft stated back then that it would run limited tests at first to evaluate the integration and feedback from early users. Users who are picked to participate in the trial see a "introducing the new Bing" banner on Bing's homepage. Selecting the learn more button on the banner opens a short introductory screen that explains the main concepts.
Microsoft highlights that users may ask complex questions, get better answers and may also get creative inspiration using the new AI component. Bing is called the AI-powered answer engine by Microsoft.
A warning is displayed on the page that informs users that "surprises and mistakes are possible", and that users should check facts and not take anything at face value. A similar warning is displayed on the ChatGPT website.
The interface of the new Bing is different. It shows a chat-like interface with an "ask me anything" box at the bottom. Answers are provided in conversational view and sources are provided by the AI-powered part of Bing. The listing of sources is one of the main differences to the public version of ChatGPT that is currently available.
Learn more links are provided when sources are used by the artificial intelligence and users may activate the links to access the content on the source website.
Microsoft Bing supports quick responses as well, judging from one of the screenshots. The user asked Bing about the movie that it was most excited about. Bing responded with the new Avatar movie, and displayed three reactions below it, which the user could pick. These reactions are optional though.
Microsoft has a first-mover advantage. The company is heavily invested in OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, and reaping the fruits of that investment. Google announced an AI event for next week, but has not revealed specifics, but it is clear that Google sees the rise of ChatGPT and AI in search as a threat to its main business model.
It remains to be seen if Google will announce the integration of AI into Google Search, or announce other AI-powered products instead.
Most news sites have reported on the benefits of AI-powered search only, but have ignored potential issues that come out of it. Besides factual issues, it is also threatening the livelihood of many sites on the Internet. While sources are listed by Bing, most users may not click through to the sites and accept the answer that Bing presented to them instead. Sites may lose a lot a traffic as a consequence, and that may force them to produce less content or shut down entirely. The search engines would then lose sources, which could then make the answers less accurate or helpful.
Now You: What is your take on AI integration in search?
Bing search usage will jump from 1% to 2% a 100% jump.
I worked in AI for a couple of years in the 90’s and I will check back in another couple of decades to see how things are going.
Not as bad as it could seem. Thanks for the article.
If the user’s approach, state of mind, behavior when searching is that of “I’m feeling lucky”, never going further than the first page of results, if moreover these results are biased by a search engine handling the user’s history, then AI integration might widen his horizon.
Personally, depending on the type of quest, I often go through several pages of results (or heavily scroll when infinite scroll is offered). Comparing results’ pages may show different answers (depending on the topic of course) and some answers may be totally incompatible : the user has to gather all that, think, try a synthesis when possible … Now, is that mental work which is provided by AI? Will AI serialize the diversity and offer a layout of different answers or synthesize the whole and bring the user a clean, square comment?
I don’t like others to think for me. One of the marvels of humanity is its diversity, one of the marvels of individuals is their interaction, dialog. You learn from differences. AI doesn’t have its point of view, does it?
I don’t know yet. As I always say, a curiosity in progress. Meanwhile the furthest I can get to at this time when it comes to AI integration in search results is : search engines for search, AI for understanding.
My experience is all search pages from standard search engines are basically the same. This is because most everyone simply copies from everyone else while the best copiers use SEO to try and get on the 1st page of results.
In a more perfect world, humans (or perhaps an AI) would curate search results before displaying thousands of pages of essentially the same reformatted content and just show the 5 best examples.
Try something here:
And then go to YouChat.
Always surprised–maybe a prototype of what Bing wants to be.
Neeva was a bit disappointing.
Didn’t Neeva want to go the Pay 2 Use route?
Here’s another chatty AI search engine to play with.
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