– Microsoft has announced upgrades for its AI chatbot, Copilot, which will make it more powerful.
– The upgrades include an upgraded brain in the form of GPT-4 Turbo from OpenAI, an updated engine for Dall-E 3, improved image searches, Deep Search for optimized search results, a Code Interpreter for complex tasks, and a rewrite feature for inline text composition in Microsoft’s Edge browser.
– These upgrades are expected to result in a greater level of accuracy, improved image creation, better search query capabilities, and enhanced functionality for coding and data analysis.
– Microsoft’s prompt upgrades for Copilot contrast with Google’s delays in AI advancements, suggesting that Microsoft is moving quickly in this space.
– There are concerns about the potential for abuse with the inline rewrite feature for Edge.
So, first off, let’s break down the upgrades themselves (listed in a Microsoft blog post) before getting into a discussion of what difference they’re likely to make.
Firstly, and most importantly, Copilot is getting a new brain, or we should say an upgraded brain in the form of GPT-4 Turbo. That’s the latest model of GPT from OpenAI which makes various advances in terms of being generally better and more accurate.
Another beefy upgrade is an updated engine for Dall-E 3, the chatbot’s image creation feature, which produces higher quality results that are more closely aligned with what’s requested by the user. This is actually in Copilot right now.
Thirdly, Microsoft promises that Copilot will do better with image searches, returning better results when you sling a picture at the AI in order to learn more about it.
Another addition is Deep Search which uses GPT-4 to “deliver optimized search results for complex topics” as Microsoft puts it. What this means is that if you have a query for Copilot, it can produce a more in-depth search request to produce better results. Furthermore, if the terms of your query are vague and could potentially relate to multiple topics, Deep Search will follow up on what those topics might be and offer suggestions to allow you to refine the query.
The fifth upgrade Microsoft has planned is Code Interpreter, which as the name suggests will help perform complex tasks including coding, data analysis and so forth. That’s not something the average user will benefit from, but there are those who will, of course.
Finally, Copilot in Microsoft’s Edge browser has a rewrite feature (for inline text composition) coming soon. This allows you to select text on a website and get the AI to rewrite it for you.
Analysis: Something for Google to worry about
There are some really useful changes inbound here. Getting GPT-4 Turbo is an upgrade (from GPT-4) that a lot of Copilot users have been clamoring for, and Microsoft tells us that it’s now being tested with select users. (We previously heard it still had a few kinks to iron out, so presumably that’s what’s currently going on).
GPT-4 Turbo will be rolling out in the “coming weeks” so it should be here soon enough, with any luck, and you’ll be able to see the difference it makes for you in terms of a greater level of accuracy for the chatbot when responding to your queries.
It’s great to see Dall-E 3 getting an upgrade, too, as it’s already an excellent image creation engine, frankly. (Recall the rush to use the feature when it was first launched, due to the impressive results being shared online).
The search query improvements, both the Deep Search capabilities and refined image searching, will also combine with the above upgrades to make Copilot a whole lot better across multiple fronts. (Although we do worry somewhat about the potential for abuse with that inline rewrite feature for Edge).
All of this forward momentum for Copilot comes as we just heard news of Google delaying its advances on the AI front, pushing some major launches back to the start of 2024. Microsoft isn’t hanging around when it comes to Copilot, that’s for sure, and Google has to balance keeping up, without pushing so hard that mistakes are made.
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AI Eclipse TLDR:
Microsoft has announced several upgrades for its AI chatbot, Copilot, which is set to make the chatbot more powerful. The upgrades include an upgraded brain in the form of GPT-4 Turbo, the latest model from OpenAI, which offers better accuracy. The image creation feature, Dall-E 3, will also receive an updated engine to produce higher quality results. Copilot will also improve its image search capabilities and introduce Deep Search, which delivers optimized search results for complex topics. Additionally, a Code Interpreter feature will be added to help with coding and data analysis. Finally, Copilot in Microsoft’s Edge browser will have a rewrite feature for inline text composition. These upgrades position Copilot to compete with Google’s AI advancements, as Google recently announced delays in its AI launches.