Quora, the popular question-and-answer website, has launched its new Poe feature. Adam D’Angelo, the CEO of Quora, introduced a new product on Wednesday that’ll enable users to ask questions, receive immediate responses, and engage in conversation with AI.
POE, which stands for “Platform for Open Exploration,” is an invitation-only software that’ll first be accessible on iOS. Although little is known about POE, a Quora representative told TechCrunch that it’s:
Quora Poe AI
Details regarding how Poe works are limited at the moment, but based on the existing screenshots, the AI operates similarly to ChatGPT — a chatbot that produces text using the OpenAI GPT-3.5 machine learning model.
You can ask Poe a question or ask it about a specific topic, and the AI will reply. Additionally, users will be able to play a trivia game with Poe in which the AI will provide the questions, and the user must give the correct answer.
When Poe first launches, it gives users access to multiple text-generating AI models, namely ChatGPT. The Quora spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Quora had worked with OpenAI for Poe or another early access program (OpenAI doesn’t yet offer a public API for ChatGPT).
Poe works similarly to text messaging software, but for AI models, people can chat with the models separately.
Poe provides a variety of conversation ideas and uses cases within the chat interface, including “cooking,” “writing help,” “nature,” and “troubleshooting.”
The Growing Concerns
However, there are increasing concerns about the technology, with many arguing that the AI’s responses might seem so convincing and encouraging that they can be considered fact, even though that may not always be the case.
Others are concerned about the data’s source, which is mostly crowdsourced. Microsoft was sued for up to $9 billion for failing to provide proper code to the source used for GitHub Copilot.
Earlier this month, the coding-focused Q&A website Stack Overflow temporarily prohibited sharing content produced by ChatGPT, claiming that the AI made it too simple for users to create answers and saturate the site with dubious ones.
Still, given Quora’s reputation as a credible information source, it’s expected to be more careful in this regard. Besides this, it’s unclear whether Poe has addressed ChatGPT’s biggest flaw.
It’s very well known that text-generating AI, like ChatGPT, can produce biased, racist, and other dangerous content, not to mention harmful code.
Quora isn’t doing anything to stop this; instead, it’s relying on the suppliers of the fashions in Poe to edit and filter the content. It will be interesting to see how the community receives the feature and how it’ll shape how people share and learn on the platform.
There’s no information yet regarding Poe’s release date. Currently, it’ll only be accessible to beta testers while the business figures out how to scale it and resolves any problems found during testing.
Poe will be made accessible to everyone once the beta period is up, and it’ll introduce more AI bots.