Google Trials AI Based Chatbot For Search Engine To Counter Microsoft's Success With ChatGPT

  • Alphabet Inc GOOG GOOGL Google tested new artificial intelligence-powered chat products to integrate them into a search engine that will likely influence a future public product launch. 
  • Google worked on a project under its cloud unit called "Atlas" to respond to the large-language chatbot ChatGPT, CNBC reports.
  • Google also tested a chatbot called "Apprentice Bard," where employees can ask questions and receive detailed answers similar to ChatGPT. 
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  • Apprentice Bard's answers can include recent events, a feature ChatGPT doesn't have yet.
  • Google tested a new search desktop design that could serve as a question-and-answer form. 
  • The home search page offers five prompts for potential questions placed directly under the main search bar, replacing the current "I'm feeling lucky" bar. 
  • The product tests come after a recent all-hands meeting where employees raised concerns about the company's competitive edge in AI, given the sudden popularity of Microsoft Corp MSFT backed OpenAI's ChatGPT.
  • Microsoft shared a new multiyear, $10 billion deal in January with OpenAI. The deal followed its previous investments in 2019 and 2021.
  • It extends Microsoft's ongoing collaboration across artificial intelligence supercomputing and research and commercializes the resulting advanced AI technologies.
  • Since 2016, Microsoft has committed to building Azure into an AI supercomputer for the world.
  • Price Action: GOOG shares closed higher by 1.96% at $99.87 on Tuesday.
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