Microsoft has released a new AI-powered Bing search engine for anyone who wishes to use it.
Microsoft has opened up the new Bing search engine to everyone without a waiting list, just as soon as the limited preview version powered by ChatGPT was released. This is as long as you're using the Microsoft Edge browser and are signed in.
Microsoft has made a commitment to moving forward with its product, despite concerns about inaccuracies or tone. Some people who trolled the new Bing received aggressive and emotional responses.
Yusuf Mehdi is a Microsoft VP who oversees its AI initiatives. He told CNN that the company was improving in terms of speed and accuracy.
Mehdi reports that Bing has more than 100 millions daily active users. This is a substantial increase in just the last few months. Google, the dominant search engine, has also added similar AI features.
Microsoft demonstrated in February how its new search engine can write summaries, chat with users and answer questions about a search query, or write emails based on results.
The company revealed some of the updates at a New York City press event on Wednesday. These included the ability to send pictures with questions, to access the chat history to remember the user's relationship with the chatbot, and to export responses into Microsoft Word. The chatbot can be customized to suit the user's preferences. Users can choose between a longer, more creative response or a shorter, more direct one.
OpenAI, Microsoft and Google are at the forefront of this trend, but IBM, Amazon, Baidu, Tencent, and Microsoft are also working on similar technologies. OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google are leading this trend. IBM, Amazon Baidu, and Tencent also work on similar technologies. Many startups are developing AI image and writing generators.
Microsoft plans to add ChatGPT to its core productivity software, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook. This could change the way people work. It is possible that adding generative AI to Bing will be a risky decision, especially given the fact that people rely heavily on search engines to provide accurate and reliable information.
Microsoft's move also comes amid increased scrutiny over the rapid pace at which AI technology is advancing. Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and other tech giants called on artificial intelligence laboratories to halt the training of powerful AI systems until at least the end of March. They cited 'profound dangers for society and humanity'.
Mehdi believes that the AI industry hasn't moved too quickly and believes the calls for a stop aren't very helpful.
He said: 'Some people say we should stop development for six month, but I don't think that will improve or move things forward.' But I can understand the concerns.
He said: "The only way we can build this technology properly is to do it in public, so that we can have discussions about it."