Google will not die at the hands of ChatGPT: the giant is working on ‘Sparrow’, its ‘hyper-advanced’ Chatbot.
Of course, Google won’t remain unmoved by the hypothesis that new technology could destroy what is perhaps its best-known tool.
For several weeks now there has been a lot of talk about the consequences that tools like ChatGPT (and above all ChatGPT) could have on the survival of Google. The idea is that every advanced chatbot could actually make traditional search engines obsolete.
Moreover, the competition did not stand idly by: Microsoft, which owns and controls Bing, perhaps the largest (albeit ineffective and not particularly popular) alternative to Google, has shown broad interest in ChatGPT, to the point of signing a multibillion-dollar deal for integrate it into its ecosystem of services. Starting from Bing itself, which will soon include some functions that will be based on the OpenAI chatbot.
Hence the alarmist and bombastic headlines that you have read in the newspapers these days. “Code red for Google, CEOs recalled”, for example. Or “Google is extremely concerned about ChatGPT” etc.
Of course, Google won’t remain unmoved by the hypothesis that a new technology could destroy what is perhaps its best-known (but not the most profitable, for the record) tool. So in these hours the news has emerged that Alphabet, the company that controls Google, is also working on a response to ChatGPT.
Moreover, Google has been investing in artificial intelligence and neural networks for many years, often with surprising results: do you remember the wave of news that told us how a Google AI had become incredibly good at a series of very complicated games (such as chess and Go, but also Starcraft II)? Here, that AI is created by DeepMind , a division of Alphabet that deals with very advanced AI.
According to new rumors reported by the American press, DeepMind is working behind the scenes on a new project called ‘ Sparrow ‘, which is nothing more than a chatbot created on the ChatGPT model, but which is described to us as more mature and, perhaps, more sophisticated.
It would be based on a linguistic model known as Chinchilla, and researchers describe it as one of the least biased artificial intelligences on the market. The details are still smoky and we don’t know when Google’s artificial intelligence will be made available to the public, nor if it will be free or paid, as it seems ChatGPT will soon become too. At the bottom you can find a screen showing how an alpha version of Sparrow works.