DuckDuckGo launched a beta version of an AI search tool powered by ChatGPT on Wednesday called DuckAssist. The addition to the company’s privacy-focused search engine uses ChatGPT’s language parsing feature to generate scraped responses from Wikipedia and related sources such as the Encyclopedia Britannica. The tool is free and available on the DuckDuckGo web browsing apps for phones And computers as well as the company’s browser extension starting today.
“DuckAssist is a new type of Instant Answer in our search results, just like News, Maps, Weather and many others we already have,” said Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of DuckDuckGo, in a statement. blog post. “We designed DuckAssist to fully integrate with DuckDuckGo Private Search and mirror the look and feel of our traditional search results. While the AI-generated content is new, we hope using DuckAssist is second nature.”
unlike Microsoft’s failed AI projects with Bing (REST IN PEACE Sydney), DuckAssist is not a chatbot. Instead, DuckAssist will suggest an automatic answer when it recognizes a search term it can answer. It is not forced on anyone. When an AI-powered answer is available, you’ll see a magic wand icon with an “ask me” button in your search results. The company says DuckAssist is still in beta, so it can’t pop up so often.
“For this first trial, DuckAssist will most likely appear in our search results when users search for questions with clear answers on Wikipedia. Think of questions like ‘what is a search engine index?’ rather than more subjective questions such as ‘what is the best search engine?’,” says Weinberg.
The company says limiting the data source to Wikipedia will help prevent some of the bizarre misconduct users have seen on other AI tools. Microsoft, for example, had to narrow down the features of its new Bing Chat, which is also powered by ChatGPT, just over a week after its release. After reports showed that Bing had given away its secret internal code name, using racist statementsand gave a long list of generally unhinged reactions, Microsoft lobotomized the Bing AI And clawed back its functionality.
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Privacy is key DuckDuckGo’s products, and the company says that DuckAssist will not collect personal information, nor Do it require a login, just like the company’s other tools. DuckDuckGo says it keeps users’ search and browsing history anonymous in all data shared with OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, and Anthropic, the company’s partners in this project.
DuckDuckGo says DuckAssist is just one of many AIenabled tools it has in the works. If the beta test goes well, the company plans to roll out the tool to anyone who uses the search feature on the DuckDuckGo website as well.
There will be an anonymous feedback link next to all AI generated answers that you can use to share thoughts with DuckDuckGo.