Google vs. Microsoft in AI race

Tech giants go head-to-head on new AI applications, creating momentum for their stocks

By Joe Toppe; Edited by News Gate Team

Google and Microsoft, the top two search engine providers, recently unveiled a number of new artificial intelligence developments for their respective platforms.

Monday saw the introduction of Microsoft’s Edge browser and a brand-new, AI-powered Bing search engine, followed by Google’s announcement of Bard.

Google’s interactive search experience improvements
LaMDA-based conversational AI service Bard is currently available for trusted testers. The software uses data from the internet to deliver relevant, excellent answers.

Google revealed new AI-powered functions for its Search, Maps, and Lens apps on Wednesday.

“You’ll be able to utilize Lens to “search your screen” on Android globally in the upcoming months. With the help of this technology, you won’t even need to leave the app or experience to search for what you see in images or videos on popular websites and applications like messaging and video apps.”

Google’s enhanced interactive search
Bard, an experimental conversational AI service, is now accessible to trusted testers and is powered by LaMDA. The application uses information from the internet to provide fresh, top-notch responses.

Google unveiled new AI-powered features for its Search, Maps, and Lens apps on Wednesday.

“All Android users will be able to “search your screen” with Lens in the following months. With the help of this technology, you can search what you see in images or videos across well-known and well-liked websites and applications, such as messaging and video apps, without having to leave the app or experience.”

In the meanwhile, Microsoft’s AI updates to its Edge web browser and Bing search engine are intended to bring search, browsing, and chat together into a single, accessible experience that users can access from anywhere on the web.

There are 10 billion search requests made every day, yet according to Microsoft, half of them go unanswered. “This is a result of users using search for purposes for which it was not intended. It works excellent for discovering websites, but it frequently falls short when dealing with more challenging issues.”

The unified interface will offer improved search results, comprehensive answers, and a new chat experience, according to the business co-founded by Bill Gates.

The Edge browser will also include AI capabilities, a fresh appearance, and two new features: Chat and Compose.

You can use the Edge Sidebar to request a summary of a lengthy financial report to extract the main points, and then use the chat feature to request a comparison to the financials of a rival company, which will instantly create a table.

Edge may also assist you in content creation, such as a LinkedIn post, if you provide it with a few starter cues. After that, you can ask it for assistance in updating the post’s tone, structure, and length. Edge understands the website you’re on and makes the appropriate adjustments.

AI upgrades, latest in series between Google and Microsoft 

Students create programs while using a laptop. Boy and girl learning to code in school. (iStock / iStock)

The changes from Google come in response to Microsoft’s expanding market dominance, which is being driven by the new Bing search engine and a more potent variant of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

Microsoft revealed last month that it would put up to $10 billion into OpenAI, the company that designed ChatGPT, and its artificial intelligence research facility.


The joint announcement highlighted the third stage of Microsoft’s cooperation with OpenAI, which involves a multi-year, multi-billion dollar commitment to hasten AI advancements and guarantee the advantages of the technology are distributed globally.

The agreement will allow both businesses to independently commercialize the resulting cutting-edge AI technology and extend collaborations between them into the fields of AI supercomputing and research from 2019 to 2020.

Built on the parent company’s GPT-3 series of language models, ChatGPT is a chatbot.

The GPT-3 series of language models from the parent firm served as the foundation for ChatGPT.

The conversational bot will answer to user questions and provide other material on a variety of topics using vast databases. Responses can take many different forms, such as answers, essays, legal papers, and computer code.

By Joe Toppe; Edited by News Gate Team

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