We’ve heard multiple rumors that the innovative AI tool ChatGPT is going to be wrapped into the Microsoft Bing search engine shortly, and now we’ve got a leaked preview of how that integration might work and appear in your browser.
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Owen Yin (via The Verge) somehow got access to the upcoming upgrade and was able to test it for a period before being shut out. If you’ve already used ChatGPT, the interface will be familiar: you get a prompt on the screen to ask for information or help with just about anything you like. You’ve got 1,000 characters to work with. One example shown in Yin’s screenshots is searching for art and craft ideas for a toddler using specific materials—that’s the sort of query that ChatGPT excels at and for which you might not necessarily get very helpful results through Google.
Bing, with the addition of ChatGPT, will also tell you where it got its information; a list of sources will appear beneath the responses, similar to Wikipedia. That means you can check the accuracy of what ChatGPT is saying, at least to some extent.
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According to this leak, the conventional search results won’t be going away completely. They’ll be available on a separate screen, and you can switch between an old-fashioned list of blue links and the future of search using the toolbar at the top.
And it does feel as though the standard way of searching is a bit old-fashioned now, which is no doubt part of the reason that Google is about to unveil its version of this technology in the coming days. If you’ve run a traditional web search recently, you’ll know that the results you get back aren’t always that useful.
A more conversational approach, like that offered by ChatGPT, offers a lot more precision and customization. You can, for example, use the AI engine to write a wedding speech or plan a road trip on its own, refining the results using natural language rather than just looking for ideas for speeches or travel itineraries online.
Microsoft is reportedly keen to add ChatGPT capabilities to its Office suite as well, giving you help with drafting letters, building PowerPoint slides, and writing emails. Very shortly, we’ll all be relying on artificial intelligence a lot more.