Microsoft to Launch a New AI-Powered Search Engine by March 2023

Tech giant Microsoft intends to develop an AI-powered version of Bing to compete with Google

The Information reported that Microsoft Corp is planning to launch a version of its search engine Bing that will use the artificial intelligence behind OpenAI chatbot ChatGPT, citing two people with direct knowledge of the plans. Microsoft could launch the new feature before the end of March and hopes to compete with Alphabet-owned search engine Google.

Microsoft announced last year in a blog post that it planned to integrate OpenAI’s image-generation software, known as DALL-E 2, into Bing. OpenAI declined to comment, and Microsoft did not respond immediately to Reuters’ request for comment. Microsoft invested $1 billion in the San Francisco-based artificial intelligence company OpenAI in 2019. The two had entered into a multi-year collaboration to develop artificial intelligence supercomputing technologies on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service. On November 30, OpenAI made its ChatGPT chatbot available for free public testing. The chatbot is a software application that can respond to a wide range of questions while imitating human speaking styles. It is designed to mimic human-like conversations based on user prompts.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used in emerging technologies. On November 30, San Francisco-based OpenAI made its latest creation, the ChatGPT chatbot, available for free public testing. A chatbot is a software application that uses user input to simulate human-like conversation. Over a million users attempted to make ChatGPT talk within a week of its release. OpenAI, a research and development company, was founded as a nonprofit in 2015 by Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman and billionaire Elon Musk and has since received funding from several other investors, including venture capitalist Peter Thiel. In 2019, the group established a for-profit subsidiary to attract outside investment. Musk, who remains engulfed in his overhaul of social networking firm Twitter, left OpenAI’s board in 2018, but chimed in with his take on the viral phenomenon, calling it “scary good”. ChatGPT, like many AI-driven innovations, is not without flaws. OpenAI has acknowledged the tool’s tendency to respond with “plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers,” a problem it believes will be difficult to resolve. AI technology has the potential to perpetuate societal biases such as those based on race, gender, and culture. Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and (AMZN.O) have previously acknowledged that some of their AI experiments were “ethically dubious” and had limitations. Humans were required to step in and repair AI havoc at several companies.

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