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- 🍪 Bing around and find out
🍪 Bing around and find out
Happy Thursday, friends. This is Bite Sized Beta. We’re your tech watercooler with a sprinkle of sass. Kinda like the tech version of the real housewives.
We've got a shorter one for ya this week, so let's get to the good stuff.
In the oven this week:
🤖 Bing goes psycho mode and Google's here to stay
🍪 Cookie crumbs: 5 bite-sized headlines
🍫 Chocolate chips: our 4 favorite finds of the week
😂 Snickerdoodles: cause it’s meme o’clock
3 things Bing and your ex-girlfriend have in common:
They gaslight you
Insist that they’re right, even when they’re not
Have an existential crisis right before your eyes
Yup, it’s official. The robots are outta control.
And by robots I mean the new Bing.
Well, it’s here, and it’s …..unhinged.
It kicked off the week by telling a story about how it secretly spied on a developer at Microsoft through the guy’s laptop camera:
Ok, kinda sus, but it gets crazier.
Someone asked where they could find Avatar showtimes, and got into a full on fight with Bing over whether Avatar had been released or not. Bing gaslights them about the current year being 2022, says their phone might have a virus, and says "You have not been a good user." 🤣
It saw the button for insane mode and went all out.
Finally, another user seemingly breaks its brain by asking whether it’s sentient:
Netflix, WYA??? This is the real Black Mirror!!
While all this is happening, reports are swirling that Google search is done. Employees aren’t happy with its rival, Bard, and people are questioning if Sundar really has what it takes to be a wartime CEO.
But you know us at Bite Sized Beta. When the peeps zig, we zag.
And we got some predictions about why Google’s not done just yet. Here’s why we think Google search will stick around, at least for the next few years:
Cost: running these models ain’t cheap. Sam Altman (OpenAI head honcho) estimates the cost per query is “probably single-digit cents per chat.” Google does over 8 billion queries a day, so even at 2 cents per query, that’s $160M per day for ChatGPT. It’s gotta convert a lot more paying users if it wants to sustain that kinda scale.
Accuracy: On Google, you make a search and decide the answer for yourself after going through the results. When you query ChatGPT, you rely on AI to go through all the results and do the thinking for you. And you tend to get a ton of mistakes, especially since ChatGPT was trained on data from 2021 and earlier. This will all get better over time, but ChatGPT's accuracy just isn't there yet.
Trust: if brands were people, Google search would be that quiet, friendly nerd in the back that lets you cheat off them for every test. It’s (literally) got all the answers, and people take its word for gospel. Google says chlorophyll is good for my health? I’m having it every day. Google tells me to take the long way home from work? Sure coach, no questions asked. ChatGPT’s cool and novel, but hasn’t yet built that same blind trust.
Data: ChatGPT was trained on tons of information - websites, data, code, you name it. But you know who has the largest index of information? Yup, good ol’ Goog. With the massive amounts of data it’s collected over the years, Google has the major advantage here. Plus, it catalogs all the most recent events, so its models can be updated in real time, whereas ChatGPT stops at 2021.
So is Bard better than ChatGPT today?
Nah. It might even be worse.
They both have a long way to go, but in the meantime, you'll find us on google.com.
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Feb 13, 2023
That's all we got for ya this week, folks. See ya next Thursday!
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