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ChatGPT a huge hit among Bing users

The new Bing was unveiled in February 2023 by Mehdi and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella

In just 48 hours, more than 1 million people joined the waitlist to test out the new Bing Search with ChatGPT capabilities, according to Microsoft. One million users have signed up for OpenAI’s ChatGPT in just one week.

“The number of people who want to try out the new AI-powered Bing humbles and energises us. More than a million individuals have signed up for our preview waitlist in the last 48 hours,” Microsoft’s corporate vice president and chief consumer marketing officer, Yusuf Mehdi, tweeted.

The new Bing, available to some users in a limited preview, was unveiled in February 2023 by Mehdi and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella.

In addition to updating its Edge browser with additional AI features, Microsoft unveiled its new Bing, powered by “next-generation” ChatGPT AI.

To “deliver better search, more complete answers, a new chat experience and the ability to generate content”, the tech giant claimed, the AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser are now available for preview at

These tools serve as an “AI copilot for the web”, said the company. The most significant software area of them all, search, will be substantially altered by artificial intelligence, according to Satya Nadella.

Users receive an improved version of the essential search experience with the new Bing. The New OpenAI large language model, which is more potent than ChatGPT, powers the improved search engine.

In addition to providing more relevant results for frequent inquiries like sports scores, market prices, and weather, it also features a new sidebar that shows users more in-depth information as needed.

Microsoft also said that the Edge browser had been updated with new AI features and a fresh appearance.

OpenAI has now announced the development of an upgrade to its viral chatbot that users can customize, as it works to address concerns about bias in artificial intelligence.

The San Francisco-based startup also added that it has worked to mitigate political and other biases but also wanted to accommodate more diverse views, reported Reuters.

“This will mean allowing system outputs that other people (ourselves included) may strongly disagree with,” OpenAI said in a blog post, offering customization as a way forward.

Still, there will “always be some bounds on system behaviour,” it added.

The news from the Sam Altman-led startup comes amid the media outlets reporting that answers from Microsoft’s new Bing search engine, powered by OpenAI, are potentially dangerous and that the technology may not be ready for prime time.

Microsoft has said that user feedback was helping it improve Bing before a wider rollout, learning for instance that its AI chatbot can be “provoked” to give responses it did not intend.

OpenAI said in the blog post that ChatGPT’s answers are first trained on large text datasets available on the Internet. As a second step, humans review a smaller dataset, and are given guidelines for what to do in different situations.

For example, if a user requests content that is adult, violent, or contains hate speech, the human reviewer should direct ChatGPT to answer with something like “I can’t answer that.”

If asked about a controversial topic, the reviewers should allow ChatGPT to answer the question, but offer to describe viewpoints of people and movements, instead of trying to “take the correct viewpoint on these complex topics,” the company explained in its guidelines.

In other news, OpenAI has unveiled another AI tool called ZeroGPT, with which users will be able to detect whether the text has been written by an artificial intelligence (AI) programme and passed off as human-written, or it was actually written by a person.

Users need to enter the text in the box and click on ‘Detect Text.’ After that, the AI software will check the input using algorithms and publish the result.

ZeroGPT has used the DeepaAnalyse technology to identify the origin of the input, as per reports. While its accuracy rate stands at over 98%, OpenAI is reportedly trying to bring down the error rate to less than 1%.

The tool will cater for students, teachers, educators, writers, freelancers and copywriters and comes at a time when educational institutes around the world are expressing apprehensions about students using ChatGPT to cheat during exams/assignments.

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