In a stealthy move during the holiday season, Microsoft has released a new AI assistant app dubbed ‘Copilot’. Uncharacteristically for such a technologically advanced product, the launch didn’t come with the usual fanfare. At first glance, it might appear that Copilot shares functionalities with Bing Chat, a Microsoft product launched last year. However, what sets Copilot apart is the powerful AI technology it employs, utilizing GPT-3.5 and, selectively, the groundbreaking GPT-4.
This makes Copilot one of the most advanced AI assistants currently available to consumers, rivaling acclaimed apps like ChatGPT. It begs the question, why is Microsoft, despite its significant stake in OpenAI, heavily investing in developing its own model? The answer lies in the strategic edge that owning these models offers. By developing proprietary AI capabilities, Microsoft gains full control over AI tool development, deployment, and customization.
This approach facilitates a more integrated user experience as Microsoft can tailor the AI’s functionality to specific user needs. It also speeds up the innovation process, allowing Microsoft to test and deploy improvements swiftly. Furthermore, owning these models gives Microsoft a competitive edge in the ever-evolving landscape of AI technology. With the wider adoption of Copilot, they will have the opportunity to gather significant data on user behavior and preferences, which will further enhance the AI capabilities.
According to VentureBeat, Microsoft is taking a cautious approach to launching this advanced AI technology. The aim is to introduce the public to this cutting-edge level of AI gradually, thereby minimizing any potential adverse reactions. While Copilot boasts advanced functionalities, it doesn’t yet pose a direct challenge to ChatGPT. The public’s reaction to the power of Copilot is still uncertain. However, Microsoft’s low-key launch may provide the public with a pathway to gradually accustom themselves to this level of AI technology without causing unnecessary alarm.