With a heavy investment of GPT-4, Microsoft has made an exclusive agreement with the ChatGPT developer OpenAI to integrate it with its own search engine – Bing.
And since Bing-powered a handful of other search engines too, they were found to be leveraging this access for building their own AI chatbots – indirectly powered by Bing Chatbot. And Microsoft is now warning them to stop doing so since it’s out of their contact scope.
Exploiting Bing Access For Own AI Chatbots
Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has warned two of its partners for Bing Search data to stop exploiting the access for feeding their own AI chatbots. While we don’t know which two companies that Microsoft has warned about – most of the partners that leverage Bing Search data have their chatbots already!
For example, DuckDuckGo has introduced DuckAssist last month, which offers AI-generated summaries from Wikipedia and other sources for certain searches. You.com, on the other hand, has an AI chat feature that provides users with direct answers to simple questions. And Neeva, another search engine using Bing data has a similar AI-powered tool to generate annotated summaries.
Well, some of these were touted to be exploiting the Bing Search support for supporting their own AI chatbots, as the latest Bing comes integrated with GPT-4 language model. This is the same technology that powered ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI.
The new GPT-4 model is said to be more powerful, and careful with its answers to the public. It can produce the latest data and even make images and videos out of text inputs. Thus, leveraging it is much more logical than building another similar one.
But again, Microsoft has spent $10 billion for this integration into its Bing Search, so it doesn’t want to be used by others, mainly by the rival chatbots. Thus, it had reportedly warned some of its partners to stop using Bing access for feeding their own chatbots.
Citing this as a violation of their agreement, Microsoft may revoke the access in case needed. Further, it said, “We’ll continue to work with them directly and provide any information needed to find a path forward.”