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Bing vs Bard vs ChatGPT: Battle of the AI Assistants

Author: CNETTime: 2024-02-03 04:50:00

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Comparing the AI Models Behind Chatbots like Bing, Bard and ChatGPT

Chatbots and conversational AI tools like Microsoft's Bing, Google's Bard and OpenAI's ChatGPT are evolving at a rapid pace. Under the hood, they rely on different AI models to generate human-like responses to questions and perform a variety of tasks.

In this post, we'll compare the underlying technology powering these chatbots and analyze how their different AI architectures impact capabilities and performance.

Bing's Hybrid Model

The new Bing chatbot uses a hybrid AI model, combining Microsoft's in-house Prometheus model with OpenAI's GPT-4 conversational engine. It also has access to Bing's search index, giving it a knowledge advantage over ChatGPT which currently only has data up to 2021. This combination allows Bing to produce more detailed and trustworthy responses compared to other chatbots. The integration with Bing search also makes it easy to toggle between AI-generated answers and traditional web results.

Bard's Lambda and Palm Models

Bard currently uses Google's own Lambda AI model to power its responses. Lambda is trained on a huge dataset of web content to answer questions in an informative way. Google plans to soon transition Bard to a more advanced model called Palm. Similar to GPT-4, Palm has over 500 billion parameters and can generate code, web content and more. This upgrade should significantly improve Bard's capabilities.

ChatGPT's GPT Models

The original ChatGPT bot uses a version of OpenAI's GPT natural language model fine-tuned for dialog applications. GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer and is trained on vast datasets of online text. While extremely capable, ChatGPT's knowledge is currently capped at 2021, giving Bing an advantage. However, OpenAI frequently updates these models - a new version called GPT-4 could be integrated soon.

Comparing Chatbot Interfaces and User Experiences

Beyond their underlying AI, these chatbots also differ significantly in their user interfaces and overall experience interacting with them.

Bing wins points for having the sleekest and most visually appealing interface. The conversational style where words appear sequentially makes it feel more natural and human-like. Emojis and images generated by the DALL-E integration also enhance the experience.

Bard's interface is more minimalist and slamming users with blocks of text can feel overwhelming. The lack of emojis or visual elements makes Bard feel less lively or fun to chat with. Bing also offers helpful options to change the conversation style and a mobile app.

Assessing Productivity Features and Content Creation Abilities

A key selling point for these AI chatbots is helping boost productivity and take work off your plate. When given creative prompts, all three can generate headlines, write descriptions and more.

In our testing, ChatGPT came out on top for content creation abilities - producing a catchy headline and thoughtful summary for this comparison video. It was also best at providing a recipe when asked.

Bard struggled when asked to write a headline, repeating itself unnaturally. Bing provided a nice headline but its recipe instructions lacked the richness and details found in ChatGPT and Bard's responses. So while ChatGPT appears most adept at content creation so far, Bing offers the most well-rounded mix of productivity and capabilities.

Bing Leads the Pack For Now, But Expect Improvements Across the Board

In this ongoing battle between AI chatbot assistants, Bing comes out ahead in many regards - from its hybrid knowledge model to slick, feature-filled interface. Natural-feeling conversations and tight integration with Bing search make it a great option for getting work done quickly.

However, don't count Google and OpenAI out of the race. We expect rapid iterations and upgrades, especially as Bard transitions to Palm and ChatGPT potentially gets embedded into more Google services. The AIAssistant wars have only just begun!

For now, Bing strikes the best balance between search, conversation and content creation. But stay tuned as these chatbots evolve - there are sure to be new contenders aiming for the crown as top AI assistant.


Q: Which chatbot has the most advanced AI model?
A: Currently, ChatGPT likely has the most advanced underlying AI model and dataset.

Q: Does Bard save your chat history?
A: Yes, Bard saves your prompts but not the full chat transcripts unless you enable that setting.

Q: Can Bing help write code?
A: Yes, Bing can help generate, debug, and edit code for web development thanks to integration with OpenAI models.

Q: What creative features does Bing offer?
A: Bing has an AI image creator through integration with DALL-E models.