Microsoft has announced its new OpenAI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser. The new Bing is currently available in limited preview on desktop; the preview will become more widely available over the next few weeks. Microsoft also plans to release a mobile preview version of AI-powered Bing. Google and Baidu have announced their intentions to launch ChatGPT competitors.
- Since Google built a $238B business around free search, the commercial battlefield for the current wave of AI hype is around making search return answers to questions rather than just lists of places to look. So, think of the Shodan IoT discovery search engine being able to answer questions like “How can I break into the Acme Healthcare/Smart Parking Meter/Burglar Alarm/etc. monitoring network of devices?”
- This “rise of the machines” is going to affect the workforce far beyond “cyber.” As a college, SANS.edu has just drafted a first policy to allow students to integrate machine learning and artificial intelligence tools into their research papers. These technologies are already affecting us more than we realize.
- Microsoft is leveraging the partnership with OpenAI to tell Google users, in effect, hold my beer. Google is poised to strike back with Bard, their AI-powered conversational bot. Heck, even Chinese search engine Baidu is getting into the act with their upcoming “Ernie Bot” (文心一言) in March. While this is a far cray from the age-old office-assistant “Clippy,” the question remains of will these AI bots, be useful, or will they retain ChatGPT’s propensity to be chatty and sometimes seemingly make up answers.
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