Google is already working on a chatbot to compete against ChatGPT


DeepMind is an English artificial intelligence company. Created in 2010

Recently Demis Hassabis, the CEO of DeepMind (an artificial intelligence company acquired in 2014 by Alphabet Inc, parent company of Google) said the company plans to launch its own chatbot, called Sparrow, in private beta later this year, this as a response from Google to ChatGPT.

DeepMind's chatbot promises to be a safer and more advanced AI assistant than its rival. Sparrow was introduced to the world last year as a proof of concept in a research paper that described it as a "useful conversation aid that reduces the risk of inappropriate and toxic responses."

Hassabis mentions that Sparrow might be ready to take flight through a private beta later this year. DeepMind introduced Sparrow in September 2022.

Like ChatGPT, this chatbot is trained with human feedback, which, according to DeepMind, makes it more useful, accurate, and harmless. Sparrow will have access to the Internet through Google, which should allow you to incorporate up-to-date information into your responses. Additionally, Sparrow is reportedly based on Deepmind's Chinchilla language model, which has fewer parameters than the larger OpenAI models, but has been trained on large amounts of data.

The language model, which was presented in April 2022, outperformed GPT-3 in common language benchmarks. However, ChatGPT is based on the more advanced version 3.5 of GPT and according to analysts, there are good reasons to believe that Sparrow would perform similarly or better than ChatGPT.

The DeepMind chatbot should also produce additional sources that match the answers it provides. Furthermore, the company claims that in early testing, Sparrow provided a plausible answer and, more importantly, backed it up with evidence "78% of the time when asked an objective question."

DeepMind promoted behavior restriction rules on which its chatbot is based, as well as its willingness to refuse to answer questions in "contexts where it is appropriate to defer to humans", although very few details about these mechanisms have been leaked.

Sparrow's early arrival is notable, as the company has so far operated primarily as an AI research lab developing technologies that Google later integrates into consumer products. Google itself has done a lot of research over the years on AI chatbots and large language models (LLMs).

The company introduced excellent dialog-optimized language models such as LaMDA and Flamingo even before the success of ChatGPT. With the launch of Meena in 2020, Google already had a "working" chatbot.

However, so far the company has not produced a product based on its research. According to their own statements, this is mainly due to security issues, although other reasons may also play a role, but ChatGPT and especially Microsoft's significant involvement in the spread of OpenAI put pressure on Google.

hassabis said:

"It's right to be careful on this front." OpenAI's ChatGPT, while growing rapidly, still has only a fraction of Google's users. But aside from citing sources that Sparrow is capable of, there's no indication that it's superior to ChatGPT or that it could help Google out of its "innovator's dilemma." This term was coined by Clayton Christensen in 1997 to describe a situation in which established companies find it difficult to adopt new technologies or new business models that disrupt their traditional markets.

Meanwhile, ChatGPT is already in full swing and heading towards a monetized future withn ChatGPT Professional, an imminent payment level.

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Finally No further details about this new chatbot have been revealed yet, so we will have to wait for the launch of the public beta to have a precise idea of ​​the true capabilities of Sparrow and how it works.


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  1.   Diego German Gonzalez said

    And as if by magic, all those who are producing content with ChatGPT to monetize it are going to see how they lose positions in the search engine and visits on YouTube.