Bing’s AI chatbot is now available to everyone | tech news
The waiting list is over. Starting today, Bing’s chatbot is open to all Edge users.
Although previously only available to those who requested access via a trial, the company reports that users have participated in more than half a billion chats since its launch in February.
Bing’s chatbot is primarily based on ChatGPT-4, the latest generation of OpenAI’s Large Language Model, which swept the world in November.
Edge users can access the chatbot online and from a sidebar on their desktop browser, or on their phone through the Edge or Bing apps.
Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft vice president and consumer CMO, wrote on the company’s blog, “Today I’m excited to announce that we’re moving to the next generation of AI-powered Bing and Edge to transform the world’s largest software category – search – by significantly expanding the vision and capabilities that we consider Your Copilot for the Web.
“In just 90 days, our customers have participated in over half a billion chats and used chat features to get aggregated answers to help them with everything from finding the best travel destination for someone with pollen allergy to getting organized for the past 10 years worldwide volcanic activity in a table.
“We’ve also seen people create over 200 million images using Bing Image Creator.”
Bing Image Creator, powered by OpenAI’s Dall-E, allows users to create images using text prompts, e.g. B. by entering “a cat with a hat”.
Search results also now include images similar to those found in traditional search engines, with Bing’s chat offering “more visual responses including charts and graphs and updated response formatting.”
Mehdi adds, “Two of the most requested features we’ve heard are maintaining access to your chat history and the ability to share and export it. You’ll soon be able to pick up where you left off and return to previous chats in Bing Chat with Chat History.
“We are also adding export and sharing capabilities to chat.
“We will soon be adding third-party plugins to the Bing Chat experience, creating a platform for developers. For example, when you search Bing Chat for the latest restaurant for dinner, OpenTable is used to help you find and book a reservation. ‘
The move makes AI a more widespread and enduring presence in users’ online journeys in what has been a turbulent week for the technology.
The “Godfather of AI” quit his job at Google, warning of impending dangers, IBM announced it would stop hiring up to 7,800 jobs expected to be replaced by AI, and the CMA announced they would launch a review of the AI market.
“As we’ve said from the beginning, responsible AI is at the core of every new experience we create with the new Bing and Edge,” said Mehdi. “And previewing the new Bing so we can learn from real-world testing and feedback has been critical to our success and ability to expand the experience to more users.
“Our teams continue to work to address issues such as misinformation and disinformation, content blocking, data security and preventing the promotion of harmful or discriminatory content in line with our AI principles.”
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