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OpenAI Set to Unveil Rival to Google Search, Sources Say

OpenAI plans to announce its AI-powered search product, challenging Google's dominance. The announcement is scheduled for Monday, ahead of Google's annual I/O conference. OpenAI's search product is an extension of its flagship ChatGPT, enabling direct information retrieval from the web.

The move is seen as a direct challenge to Google's dominance in the search engine market.


While the official announcement is scheduled for Monday, sources caution that the date could be subject to change. This development has not been previously reported, adding to the anticipation surrounding OpenAI's latest venture.


OpenAI's search product is an extension of its flagship ChatGPT, a chatbot that utilises advanced AI models to generate human-like responses. The new search feature will enable ChatGPT to retrieve information directly from the web and provide citations, enhancing its capabilities as an alternative source of online information.


Industry observers have long viewed ChatGPT as a potential competitor in the search space. However, it has faced challenges in delivering accurate and real-time information. To address this, OpenAI previously integrated ChatGPT with Microsoft's Bing search engine for paid subscribers. Now, with the upcoming search product, OpenAI aims to further improve its ability to gather and present online information.


The timing of the announcement is noteworthy, as it precedes Google's annual I/O conference, set to begin on Tuesday. The conference is expected to showcase Google's latest advancements in AI technology, making OpenAI's announcement a strategic move to steal some of the spotlight.


OpenAI's foray into search comes amidst growing competition in the AI search market. Perplexity, a well-funded AI search startup founded by a former OpenAI researcher, has gained traction with its AI-native search interface that includes citations, images, and text in its responses. With a valuation of $1 billion and 10 million monthly active users, Perplexity poses a formidable challenge to both OpenAI and Google.


OpenAI's ChatGPT has experienced significant growth since its launch in late 2022, becoming the fastest application to reach 100 million monthly active users. However, its website traffic has fluctuated over the past year, only recently returning to its peak in May 2023. This puts pressure on OpenAI to expand its user base and solidify its position in the AI search market.

 
  • OpenAI plans to announce its AI-powered search product, challenging Google's dominance.

  • The announcement is scheduled for Monday, ahead of Google's annual I/O conference.

  • OpenAI's search product is an extension of its flagship ChatGPT, enabling direct information retrieval from the web.


Source: REUTERS

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