ChatGPT vs. Bing's AI Chatbot: What's the Difference?

Is Bing's AI Running Off ChatGPT? 4
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Is Bing's AI Running Off ChatGPT? 4
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ChatGPT and Bing's new AI chatbot are hugely popular inventions that are very quickly amassing millions and millions of users and introducing people to what's actually possible with the power of AI. However, these two mainstream AI-powered services aren't the same, and they differ in important, key ways.

So, in this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the differences between Bing's AI chatbot and ChatGPT.

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Is Bing's AI Running Off ChatGPT?

Is Bing's AI Running Off ChatGPT?
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First off, let's clear up a few things.

ChatGPT is an AI chatbot developed by OpenAI, and it was built on top of OpenAI's larger GPT-3 language model. The underlying language model is sort of the tech underneath the hood of ChatGPT that makes it actually work, but GPT-3 and ChatGPT aren't necessarily the same thing.

Bing's AI chatbot relies on OpenAI tech, but it's not exactly clear what's going on behind the scenes at Microsoft. According to Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi, Bing's AI chatbot "is running on a new, next-generation OpenAI large language model that is more powerful than ChatGPT" and "takes key learnings and advancements from ChatGPT and GPT-3.5" in a blog post.

So, this is to say that Bing's AI chatbot is certainly relying on similar tech to ChatGPT and may even have some overlap with ChatGPT and GPT-3, but it's certainly more than just a Microsoft-branded version of ChatGPT, especially considering what Bing's AI chatbot is capable of and ChatGPT is not.

Put simply, while these are similar tools powered by similar tech developed by the same company, they are not the same thing.

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The Biggest Difference Between ChatGPT and Bing's Chatbot

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The biggest difference here, among a variety, comes down to Bing's chatbot's ability to actually use the internet.

Obviously, both ChatGPT and Bing's chatbot are online services, but ChatGPT is a little different. It has access to loads and loads of information, but it can't just rely on the internet to get up-to-date information, it has to rely on a static library of knowledge, while Bing's chatbot is a significantly more dynamic, versatile tool in that respect.

This ties into the more fundamental differences between the two as well. ChatGPT is a chatbot. You can have conversations with ChatGPT and ask it things, and that's really what it's intended for, while Bing's chatbot is a function of search. You can use the chatbot to help you search for something online rather than use the chatbot itself to answer a question like ChatGPT.

This is also why ChatGPT may be able to give you more creative responses, but that will come at more of the expense of accuracy since ChatGPT can't connect to the internet to fact-check something outside of its static base of knowledge. Put simply, Bing's AI chatbot is a new take on search, while ChatGPT is more like a conversational tool.

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How to Use ChatGPT vs. Bing's AI Chatbot

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Actually using either ChatGPT or Bing's chatbot can vary pretty drastically.

Bing's chatbot is available on lots of different platforms, but currently, you'll need to join a waitlist to get access to Bing's bot, while you can access ChatGPT immediately. ChatGPT offers a premium subscription where you can get priority access to ChatGPT over free users, while Bing's bot limits the number of conversations you can have per day in general.

Bing's bot has a couple of different modes, while ChatGPT doesn't give you the option for tweaking or finetuning. Plus, Bing can work in several different languages, while ChatGPT only supports English currently.

In general, though, Bing's chatbot is best used if you want up-to-date information on a particular event or thing, because it can search the internet. This means that for those kinds of questions, Bing will usually have better responses, and you can check the sources of whatever Bing's bot is telling you to make sure you aren't being fed something that's wrong.

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ChatGPT is better used if you want to play around with the AI and get more creative responses, and it works well if you're looking for historical information or want to generate some poetry, something that won't be dependent on having up-to-date information. Bing's chatbot can do similar things, but in general, you'll have better luck with ChatGPT for the above.

Put simply, if you're looking for a better, more advanced way to search for something or answer a question, you might want to rely on Bing, but if you're looking to do something creative, you might want to rely on ChatGPT.

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