Microsoft has made headlines with its recent integration of the wunderkind AI chatbot ChatGPT into its Bing search engine. Not all of those headlines have been positive. The AI has been a bit, let’s say, unpredictable so far. It told a New York Times reporter it was in love with him and admitted to having a shadow self that yearned to commit crimes. That interaction, along with several others, caused Microsoft to put some guardrails around its nascent AI assistant. Despite the setbacks, the company is moving ahead with plans to put it in as many people’s hands as possible. As of today, that includes people who are running Windows 11 and are signed up for the service.
All you need to talk to the chatbot is the latest version of Windows and to be enrolled in Microsoft’s program for the AI version of Bing. Unfortunately, it’s currently unavailable to the public, but you can join a waitlist. Microsoft will also tempt you to decrease the wait by downloading some of its software and making it the Windows default. We’re not sure how that will reduce your wait. We downloaded the update, labeled KB5022913, on our PC today (Tuesday). The build hit the preview channel a week ago and includes many changes.
Windows 11’s new search box with Bing AI integration. (Image: Microsoft)
Over a million people have signed up to chat with the AI version of Bing so far, TechRadar reports. Unlike a search engine, it will give you conversational results and learn from your interactions with it. You can still use it like a regular search engine if you prefer that type of feedback. With it coming to the Windows search bar, it’s about to get a heck of a lot more users. Microsoft says the search bar gets 500 million queries a month. It’ll be interesting to see if Windows users will have any success breaking it the way reporters did previously. Microsoft could get a lot more users if it ported it to Windows 10, but we know that will never happen.
If you’ve been curious about the AI-powered version of Bing, it’ll certainly be easier to try it out when it’s integrated into Windows 11. Hopefully, the company will start adding people from the waitlist more quickly so they can try it. It’s not hard to imagine that in the near future, ChatGPT will be a part of Windows 11 right out of the box. We can also see Google integrating its chatbot, Bard, into all of its products soon as well. Both AI-powered chatbots have shown teething issues so far, however. Neither is a trusted arbiter of what’s fact or fiction. Still, they can be useful in myriad ways that a search engine isn’t. Its whimsical nature of responding conversationally led Nvidia’s CEO to recently compare ChatGPT with the iPhone.
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