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New AI User Observations

At this point, I suspect I am like many people right now. You’ve heard a lot about Microsoft’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, and other AI tools leaping into our awareness. You’ve probably not had a chance to actually use them or see them for yourself. So I thought I’d take a moment to share…

Recently I got on the waiting list for both tools. Within 4-5 days both tools had granted access. As opportunity permits, I have been doing parallel #AI experiments. These two tools let you do a plain-language request and give more ‘thoughtful’ responses than a basic web search may provide.

Between the two, for identical queries, the results are notably different.

Test string: “𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘦”

𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐝, has a plain interface, returns the best answers:

𝐁𝐢𝐧𝐠, more cosmetically appealing, is more like a regular search engine, automated to cycle through similar search strings, returning:

Bard nicely formats the answer as if you had written a document with clear sections, bullets, paragraphs and bold text. Easy to read. Bing’s a graphically pleasing UI but the result is large blocks of text.

If you’re looking to do deep research, with a fair amount of specifically cited results, Bing’s likely your preference. If you are looking for an ‘answer,’ more in the form of an informative post, you may prefer Bard.

For my purposes, I find myself consistently using Bard more often as it’s delivering more of what I’m expecting from AI. Let me ask a question. Go away and think about it a bit. Then come back with the answer.

If you have thoughts, please share.


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Feature image – DeepMind