Google takes on Microsoft in AI showdown

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 20 (EFE).- Google expects generative artificial intelligence to be the next breakthrough for technology companies after the hype generated by applications like ChatGPT, said company representatives at the World Economic Forum.

President of Global Affairs at Google, Kent Walker speaks at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit at Skuespilhuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, 10 June 2022. EFE/EPA/PHILIP DAVALI


Tech giants like Microsoft believe that the ChatGPT app, a chatbot capable of answering questions, holding conversations, translating and generating text, will be capable of transforming productivity and the future of work after the prototype racked up 1 million downloads in just 5 days.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told WFE attendees in Davos this week that it is thanks to apps like ChatGPT that we are living a “golden age of artificial intelligence” with these apps “acting as a co-pilot, helping people do more with less.”


Microsoft is reportedly investing $10 billion in the app after already forking out $1 billion in 2019, according to the Financial Times.

The artificial intelligence-based chatbot is capable of generating its own content


The artificial intelligence-based chatbot, a prototype developed by California-based OpenAI, is capable of generating its own content, answering questions and creating content in fluid, natural and adaptive language.


There has been much speculation that these new tools, dubbed by Microsoft “killer applications” due to their desirability and influential nature, could replace search engines like Google soon.


“There is an old line in Silicon Valley that only the paranoid survive. So I think you are wise to be fearful of everything. But we also believe we have some excellent researchers and look forward to bringing our own products to market,” Kent Walker, president of Global Affairs at Google, tells Efe in an interview.


“We’re very excited about the potential of AI. We have been working in the field for many years,” Walker adds. “I expect we will see a number of new competitors entering the space.”


Google already uses AI in two of its main tools, Google Translate and its content search engine.


Walker also highlighted the importance of cybersecurity, which he considers increasingly important as the economy becomes more digital.


“Older architecture has more vulnerabilities in it and newer architecture in the cloud is more secure,” he adds. EFE
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