The co-founder of Google DeepMind and LinkedIn has become the latest to take advantage of the AI trend by developing a new AI-powered chatbot named ‘Pi’.
Trends is the technology story of 2023. Microsoft backed ChatGPT, Google launched Bard, Baidu released Ernie Bot, and more companies are about to go public. Now the Inflection AI startup is joining the party with Pi (short for personal intelligence).
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Pi users can participate in private conversations with chatbots using different media such as text, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook.
Inflection AI CEO Mustafa Suleyman says the Pi’s role is to act as an empathetic listener rather than a source of information.
“There are so many things the Pi can’t do. It doesn’t do lists, code, plan trips, marketing strategies, or write essays for school.” Said Suleiman.
Suleyman said the Pi has been in beta testing by users for months and has a limited range of applications, making it more secure and manageable.
“It’s purely designed for relaxed, supportive and informative conversations,” he said.
In the future, personal AI tools may help us perform various online tasks. For the time being, however, the focus is on engaging in “mundane, trivial and mundane” conversations.
How is it different from other AI chatbots?
During live demonstrations of chatbots, Pi stood out from others such as ChatGPT and Bard, often ending responses with questions that encouraged further interaction from users.
“That’s what Pi is great at: it helps facilitate your own research,” says Suleyman.
However, Pi did not mention any citations or sources in its response, and CEO Suleyman claims that will change soon.
Moreover, as has been the problem with almost all large language modeling technologies, especially generative AI chatbots, fabrication of facts is no exception.
Co-founded by Suleyman, Karen Simonyan, and LinkedIn creator Reid Hoffman, Inflection AI is one of a group of consumer AI startups working to develop advanced computer programs that can be scripted to create art in seconds. is.
Inflection has hired AI experts from multiple competitors, including Google, OpenAI, and DeepMind, as competition in this space continues to intensify. These companies have previously played a key role in building some of the world’s most powerful language models.
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Pi stands for ‘personal intelligence’ and offers infinite knowledge based on your unique needs.
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— Inflection AI (@inflectionAI) May 2, 2023
Other players in the market include California-based Anthropic, which recently secured a $300 million investment from Google to launch its own chatbot, Claude.
Meanwhile, Character.ai, founded by former Google employees, is reportedly looking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to expand its AI chatbot offering featuring various characters.
Earlier this year, Inflection AI was in talks to raise up to $675 million from investors. This builds on previous funding from his VC firms such as Greylock Partners, where Suleyman and Hoffman are still investors.
Suleyman is co-founder of DeepMind, which was acquired by Google for £400 million in 2014, and leads Inflection AI as CEO.
Public reaction was mixed
So far, public reaction to Inflection AI’s Pi chatbot has been mixed. Some users welcome the addition of yet another chatbot to the marketplace, while others express concerns about the quality of its responses.
One Redditor compare Pi’s persona is that of a “sexy recruiter with no life experience giving career guidance,” questioning its effectiveness.
But others welcome Pi and recognize the importance of competition in this space.
As another Redditor I got it“Competition is good (avoiding monopoly by big players), but this is getting crowded fast and quality is plummeting.”
The need for chatbots that provide meaningful responses that add value to the user experience was also highlighted.According to one Editor“What if you could just vaguely answer all the questions on LinkedIn?”
Despite the criticism, the Pi’s launch highlights the growing interest in generative AI and its potential to change the way we communicate with technology. I don’t know yet if it’s comparable to ChatGPT, etc.