ai powered version of bing according to owen yin

Reports have been circulating on Twitter about the appearance of a ChatGPT-powered version of Bing that reportedly allowed users to search for information on the internet in a conversational manner.

The most notable report came from Twitter user Owen Yin, who also published a blog on Medium regarding his brief experience with the new user interface created by Microsoft that is reportedly powered by OpenAI’s popular solution.

According to Yin’s account, the new interface replaces the keyword-focused text box typically used by most search engines with a larger box that invites the user to fire up a question to the AI-powered chatbot.

The text box supports up to 1,000 characters, which reportedly encourages the user to add up any relevant comments, context, and details about what he/she is looking for so the system can provide much more accurate answers.

Yin commented that the interaction with the ChatGPT-powered version of Bing resembled a natural conversation rather than the software providing a plain list of potential websites to visit.

Moreover, the chatbot reportedly cited the sources it used to come up with its answers – something that is considered quite valuable for researchers, students, and other professionals who may rely on these searches to produce fact-based content.

Other users on Twitter also reported their encounters with the AI-powered version of Bing and provided pictures of how the interface looked like. However, Microsoft (MSFT) has not officially launched the product, meaning that this could have been an honest mistake or a way to stir up things for marketing purposes to prepare the public for the imminent launch of this conversational version of its search engine.

When Will an Official Version of This AI-Powered Bing Come Out?

Rumors about an upcoming integration between Bing and OpenAI’s generative AI technology started to circulate in early January this year, with sources familiar with the company’s plan telling The Information that the final product could be released before the end of the first quarter of 2023.

Microsoft has been a partner of OpenAI since 2019 when it invested $1 billion in the software development firm to help it advance its plans in the artificial intelligence field. The Redmond-based company is the exclusive provider of cloud services for the firm founded by Sam Altman.

Moreover, a few weeks ago, the ties between the two firms were strengthened as Microsoft invested $10 billion in OpenAI in exchange for a 49% stake. The company will reportedly receive third-quarters of OpenAI’s profits until its investment is fully repaid.

This sneak peek of the AI-powered version of Bing is taking place roughly a few days after OpenAI officially launched a premium version of its chatbot. Users can now pay $20 per month to get access to the feature at any time and get faster responses.

Google is Reportedly Freaking Out About What ChatGPT Can Do to Its Business

Meanwhile, Alphabet (GOOG), the parent company of the dominant force in the search engine market, is reportedly scrambling to release a competing product to ChatGPT as the leadership team is reportedly panicking amid the impact that this technology may have in the long-term success of its flagship product.

Google’s product would be called Apprentice Bard and would be integrated into the search engine for users to make more conversational queries rather than the current keyword-focused searches.

Other Microsoft products have already integrated some of the technologies created by OpenAI such as its Azure cloud platform, which has now officially made available an OpenAI service that allows customers to apply to get access to all of the solutions created by the software company including GPT-3.5, Codex, and Dall-E 2.

“With Azure OpenAI Service now generally available, more businesses can apply for access to the most advanced AI models in the world”, stated Eric Boyd, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of AI Platform, in a blog post published in mid-January.

He added: “Customers will also be able to access ChatGPT—a fine-tuned version of GPT-3.5 that has been trained and runs inference on Azure AI infrastructure—through Azure OpenAI Service soon.”

ChatGPT could also be soon incorporated into one of Microsoft’s most popular consumer-facing application – MS Office. Even though the details of how the solution will be integrated into the productivity software have not been discussed, rumors point to an endless number of positive features that could come up including fine-tuning written content by providing grammar, punctuation, and wording recommendations along with automated pitch desk design and slide creation from existing text.

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