Last week was huge for the tech industry as the titans of the web browsing and internet search business – Alphabet and Microsoft – released the AI-powered versions of their flagship products in these two spaces.
However, these solutions are not yet available to the general public as professional testers are still making sure that they are both safe and reliable. Meanwhile, the solution that is considered the epicenter of all the latest AI hype – ChatGPT – is available for US residents only for now – or at least that’s the case of its recently-launched premium subscription package.
For international users, this is a frustrating situation as they want to test what is it that has made this software so popular. In response, a contender AI-powered search engine called NeevaAI has presented a product that consumers in certain countries outside the United States can already use.
Starting today, the NeevaAI search engine has been made available to countries in Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Canada, TechCrunch reported. In addition, the company’s search engine – not the AI-powered one – will soon be launched in New Zealand and Australia.
What is NeevaAI?
NeevaAI is an ad-free search engine that was launched by the firm in January this year. It was initially available to US users only. The AI-powered search tool is designed to provide summaries and responses to users’ queries that reference the sources where the information was obtained.
In addition, the tool also uses up-to-date references. To do this, the firm has built “one of the largest independent search stacks crawling hundreds of millions of pages a day” to come up with an index that the AI tool can use to provide the most accurate and updated information.
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According to Neeva, these are the two advantages that make its generative AI solution stand out from ChatGPT as the tool created by OpenAI uses a model whose knowledge base stops at 2021. In addition, ChatGPT is not designed to cite the sources it uses to come up with its seemingly clever answers.
With NeevaAI, the company plans to leverage the power of AI to “transform search from a game of 10 blue links to an experience that combines the best of ChatGPT with the authorities and timelines of search”.
To make money, Neeva relies on subscription revenues instead of publishing adverts within its search results that can be considered annoying for consumers who have to scroll down – sometimes for a while – to visit non-sponsored websites.
Neeva and Others Plan to Take On Google’s Long-Standing Dominance
TechCrunch’s journalists report that the software performed “pretty impressively” after testing it for a few weeks. One interesting feature they mentioned is that whenever the AI tool does not have sufficient information to come up with an answer, it will provide a list of websites that contain data that users can look at to figure out the answers themselves.
“Roughly speaking, it works for questions that we can find authority websites that answer that question”, the Chief Executive Officer of Neeva, Sridhar Ramaswamy, told the tech-focused online magazine in regards to the capabilities of the solution.
Meanwhile, in a recent blog post where the firm made official the launch of NeevaAI in Spain, Ramaswamy commented: “Google has dominated the search engine market, maintaining over 90 percent market share. Neeva will challenge this supremacy by leveraging AI and creating a better search and browse experience that delights users”.
Far from ignoring them, Google is responding rapidly to the changes that the internet search space is experiencing after the launch of ChatGPT. This is reflected by the seemingly rushed launch of Bard – an AI-powered version of Google Search that aims to offer a different experience for users of the world’s most popular search engine.
In addition, Microsoft also recently revealed its AI-powered version of Bing, which leverages its proprietary model called Prometheus, which was born out of its long-standing partnership with OpenAI.
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