Story: Google, Microsoft to introduce Chatbot features; 26-01-2023;
Google, Microsoft search “Chatbot features” are coming soon?
Google to add chatbot feature to its search engine this year, after smelling competition from ChatGPT.
Google is seeing ChatGPT as a potential threat to its current search based business, because ChatGPT may provide an alternative way of searching for information.
ChatGPT vs. Google :
Google has called its co-founders to help the company following the success of OpenAI's ChatGPT, reportedly co-founders of the Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have approved plans to add chatbot features to the search engine in response to the success of OpenAI's ChatGPT.
The OpenAI's ChatGPT has got huge success after its launch on November 30, 2022, the chatbot reached 1 million user base in just 5 days, and is growing day by day. The sudden growth has left Google to reconsider the AI based Chatbot integration in its search business.
Google will demonstrate a version of its search engine with chatbot features this year, according to a New York Times report.
• The New York Times also reported the Google is planning to launch over 20 AI products this year, in response to ChatGPT, including a demo of its own search chatbot.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly invited Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to offer advice to the company leaders.
Both the co-founders then last month gave their insights, approved plans, and pitched ideas while meeting with executives to talk about ChatGPT.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the controlling shareholders of Google’s parent company Alphabet.
• There’s no specific timeframe mentioned for the launch of Google’s AI search demo.
Microsoft vs Google in Chatbot race?:
Microsoft is backing the OpenAI's ChatGPT project, as it is reportedly working in collaboration with the latter.
The models on which ChatGPT works “supervised learning as well as reinforcement learning methods” were trained in collaboration with Microsoft on their Azure supercomputing infrastructure.
• Microsoft already is reportedly working on using ChatGPT features to Microsoft Bing search, and it might roll out the first version in March.
Which one is better, Google Search or ChatGPT?:
AI generated queries are expensive to implement, for now: The current AI generated query answer takes 10x to 100x of the power otherwise taken by a simple web search. According to Sam Altman, the CEO of the OpenAI, the cost of the single response is in the single digits.
If we compare it with Google search results of around 8.5 billion search per day, with a cost of 5 cents, then we got a $425 million dollars per day for the same work done with AI.
Google, on Friday, announced that it would cut approximately 12,000 jobs due to the hiring boom during the pandemic and concerns regarding the economic slowdown.
The rise of ChatGPT type AI powered search platforms has led to the concerns over the employment issues in companies in future, as these techs would be able to do work of 10 people in just seconds and would be cheaper to implement, the conventional human work force might be numbered.
The content creating websites, business models would also be hit hard with such techs, as the AI would be able to accurately answer questions in more straightforward way, like Google's featured snippets currently doing, and potentially taking away important traffic of websites.
If Google, Microsoft type big names get things going with the AI powered search engines, then the current model of content writing and information delivering system would have to face problems.