Gaining Insight on the Probability of ChatGPT Replacing Google!


Swarnali Datta

Like the past years, a flurry of tech tools came and went in 2022; while some succeeded in making a distinct name of its own, some fizzled out. Analyzing the current trends in 2023, it can be said beyond a shadow of doubt that the tech market is presently highly swept by the craze of ChatGPT. So, by the time you’d be reading this, your feed might be flooded with countless content on ChatGPT; the one most likely to be on the top being- will ChatGPT dethrone Google? Is it capable of disrupting a global search engine?

Users have a divided opinion over this. While many believe that the bountiful days of Google are over, some highly doubt the capability of ChatGPT in overthrowing a global platform. Before we mull over this, let’s find out what ChatGPT actually is.

ChatGPT- the new tech craze

According to Open AI, researchers have devised ChatGPT to converse with users in a “conversational fashion,” making it approachable to a larger audience. ChatGPT can also assist in quickly writing programs for websites and applications. The development of human-like replies to user input using this paradigm then enables natural interactions with a virtual assistant.  A transformer-based model is trained using a huge corpus of conversational data in ChatGPT.

OpenAI’s GPT3 big language model powers the chatbot (LLM). It has 175 billion neural network parameters and has been trained on a large corpus of text. Based on the previous entry or prompt, a language model employs machine learning to anticipate what the following word in a phrase should be.

LLMs have been called “the world’s most powerful autocomplete technologies.” They consume texts, facts, and dialogue samples voraciously and learn statistical patterns to arrange them in a logical sequence. They conduct their conversations in this manner. Yet, the majority of them are not designed for “truth”; they are unable to determine whether what they are saying is accurate. As an expert put it- “The model strategizes to be plausible instead of truthful.”

But here, the real question is: Can ChatGPT even be used to conduct Google-like searches? A quick comparison between the two might help.

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Google vs ChatGPT

Google and other search engines are like superhuman librarians. They can quickly and easily identify any website you desire on the internet and suggest other sites that might be relevant. On the other hand, ChatGPT is more like a psychic who purports to communicate with the dead than it is like a library. Its inability to connect to the internet, at least not the internet after 2021, is its most visible weakness as an internet search tool.

As a result, ChatGPT is worthless for handling the majority of search queries. The questions that demand reliable, recent information are those relating to breaking news and to local or personal information, such as dining options, banking information, and stock market websites. Chatbots would probably end up being ineffective intermediaries for internet searches even if they could search the internet in real time, something that the technology experts have not yet found out how to do.

The reason for this is simply because ChatGPT is trained to “hallucinate” text. They don’t look through their databases for pertinent passages to recite or rephrase. Instead, they construct responses one word at a time using a method like the autocomplete feature on your phone. In fact, if you ask ChatGPT the same question during five different sessions, you may end up getting five different answers, possibly contradicting one another.

The fact that chatbot language production is exceedingly slow in comparison to search engines should be added to that list of drawbacks. For instance, a Google search for “explain string theory” produced 55.7 million results that were prioritized by relevance in less than a second.

Depending on how verbose the model decided to be at any given time, ChatGPT took anywhere from 15 to 90 seconds to handle the same question. Even if the chatbots could answer more rapidly, their responses, which are written in paragraph form, aren’t exactly the best for readers who need to assimilate a lot of information quickly.

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Divided opinion

However, as said earlier, the users have a divided opinion over this. So, those who are of the opinion that there’s a possibility on part of ChatGPT to replace Google someday, what do they have to say?

  •   Google search results being ad-driven, search results are hardly without the ad perspective
  •   Replacement of the websites by YouTube
  •   Ranking of even not-so-good articles because of SEO junkies

And the list goes on.

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Summing it up

ChatGPT might prove to be the most influential tool the world has ever witnessed or it might fizzle out like millions of trends do. So, coming to a conclusion as big as – ChatGPT will replace Google, is worse than tarot card reading.

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