More than 1 million people registered to try Microsoft’s tool in the first 48 hours during last week’s chatbot buzz, when Microsoft and Google competed to showcase the earliest iterations of their artificial intelligence-powered search.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated to CNBC that the technology was “maybe the industrial revolution brought to knowledge work” since it can give out full responses that appear to have been authored by a human. The AI, though, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of precision.
In a demonstration for journalists, Microsoft’s Bing search engine’s ChatGPT-like technology examined financial reports from Gap and Lululemon.The chatbot underreported some figures when comparing its responses to the actual reports. Others seem to be fabrications.
“During the demo, Bing AI provided some utterly incorrect replies. But nobody paid attention,” independent search researcher Dmitri Brereton stated in a Monday Substack article. As an alternative, “everyone boarded the Bing hype train.”
Brereton noted potential factual problems in the Microsoft demo, in addition to the financial mistakes, in its comments regarding the vacuum cleaner specifications and travel arrangements to Mexico. When he looked more closely to write a comparison of the AI announcements from Google and Microsoft, he said he wasn’t originally looking for faults