Next-Gen ChatGPT AI-Powered Microsoft Bing Launches
Microsoft has launched a new edition of its Bing search engine running on an upgraded version of the AI used by OpenAI for ChatGPT. The new Bing was unveiled in tandem with a new, AI-powered version of Microsoft’s Edge web browser.
Microsoft refers to the improved OpenAI large language model (LLM) as the Prometheus model. The LLM brings a chat option to Bing, with complete and detailed responses to queries and a conversational interaction reminiscent of ChatGPT. But Bing’s responses are based on current information, and it employs links to cite its answers, at least partially circumventing the errors that crop up in conversations with ChatGPT. The AI also fuels a more traditional search response that Microsoft claims will retrieve more relevant results than before the upgrade.
The new Bing also incorporates a ChatGPT-style text generation engine. The AI can write emails, develop schedules, or compose any of the same documents as ChatGPT, though again with more current and sourced material. Relatedly, Microsoft emphasized its extensive work in putting in measures to limit accidental or intentional harm, citing the desire not to allow people to use the generative AI tool to plan an attack on a school. The tech giant pointed to its evolving “AI principles” as its guidance for responsible development. Microsoft augmented its Edge browser with the same generative AI tools via the new Edge Sidebar. The company described it as a kind of “copilot” for browsing the web.
“We’re excited to announce the new Bing is running on a new, next-generation OpenAI large language model that is more powerful than ChatGPT and customized specifically for search. It takes key learnings and advancements from ChatGPT and GPT-3.5 – and it is even faster, more accurate and more capable,” Microsoft corporate vice president and consumer CMO Yusuf Mehdi explained in a blog post. “We have developed a proprietary way of working with the OpenAI model that allows us to best leverage its power. We call this collection of capabilities and techniques the Prometheus model. This combination gives you more relevant, timely and targeted results, with improved safety.”
The new Bing is in a limited preview for desktops, and the Bing homepage offers some examples. Those interested can sign up on the waitlist, though Microsoft promised that the preview should reach millions of people in the next several weeks, with a mobile version in the works as well.