After the launch of the new version of the Microsoft Bing search engine that integrates ChatGPT artificial intelligence, it is up to its competitors DuckDuckGo and Brave Search to integrate AI into their search results… but each in their own way.
Bing is emulated by other search engines. In addition to putting pressure on Google, the global search giant, the recent integration of ChatGPT artificial intelligence into its search results is inspiring its competitors. Within days of each other, DuckDuckGo and Brave Search announced the addition of an automatic AI-powered news digest feature.
In both cases, the search engine displays a small text bubble at the top of the search results list, generated from information related to the question being asked. And in both cases, the tool cites its sources to offer the most reliable summary of information possible. If the differences between these two new features are subtle, if not non-existent, to the average user, their approaches to AI summary are radically different.
Brave Search cites the entire web
Best known for its Chromium-based web browser (also behind Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge), Brave also launched its search engine in 2021, based on its own search index. Therefore, it is in this engine that the new functionality ” summarizer“, announced two years after the launch of Brave Search.
Therefore, this tool answers the question posed from multiple web sources that correspond to it. But unlike Bing with ChatGPT, the information bubble is limited to the use of large language models (orbig language models, LLM), the algorithms on which ChatGPT is based. Clearly, Summarizer is merely citing the web rather than trying to impersonate a human through its responses.
This new feature of Brave Search is already enabled by default for all its users, but you can of course disable it in the settings.
DuckDuckGo doesn’t trust that on Wikipedia
For its part, DuckDuckGo is a search engine that does not have its own search index, unlike Brave: it is based in part on the results of Microsoft Bing. his toolDuckAssist» announced on March 8, therefore integrates with your services and browser extensions by producing a short textual summary that answers the question asked.
But this functionality relies directly on language generation technology that mimics human writing, developed by OpenAI and rival Anthropic. On the other hand, DuckAssist voluntarily limits the sources of information to a few encyclopedic sites, mainly Wikipedia.
Therefore, DuckDuckGo claims that this avoids the tendency of AIs based on multiple sources tohallucinatepresenting totally false information as true, as can be the case with Brave’s Summarizer.
However, DuckAssist is still in beta, but it should be available to all its users in the next few weeks. Other features using artificial intelligence are also promised in the coming months.
Two imperfect tools, but still useful
DuckAssist and Summarizer are flawed on both counts, though they will gradually improve as these tools are based on AI that learn as they are used.
But in any case they are appreciable additions, if only to visually order the information on the search results page of the two engines.
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