With its recent update, Google is creating a stir in the language model landscape, which incorporates the latest model, Gemini, into Google Bard – specifically Gemini Pro. This newest version promises significant performance enhancements, prompting questions about its potential to challenge OpenAI’s supremacy in the field.
Gemini Pro: Stepping Up to the Challenge
While the Gemini Pro may not match the anticipated power of its successor, the Gemini Ultra, which is set for release in early 2024, still demonstrates impressive capabilities. Independent benchmarks show that it outperforms GPT-3.5 in several key areas, including:
- Text generation: Gemini Pro boasts superior fluency, coherence, and factual accuracy in generated text compared to GPT-3.5.
- Translation: Translations produced by Gemini Pro exhibit greater accuracy and natural language flow, capturing subtle nuances and cultural contexts.
- Question answering: Gemini Pro excels at understanding complex queries and providing informative, accurate answers, demonstrating a deeper grasp of factual knowledge.
OpenAI’s Achilles’ Heel: Limited Access and Restrictive Caps
While OpenAI’s GPT-4 delivers notable performance, its restricted access and usage limits impede its full potential. ChatGPT Plus, the premium version of ChatGPT, provides access to GPT-4 but limits users to 40 messages every three hours, substantially limiting user exploration and practical applications.
It’s concerning that OpenAI has capped ChatGPT and restricted new paid signups due to resource constraints, especially given the billions in funding it has received. This is coupled with the fact that it spends tens of millions daily to run ChatGPT.
You can use GPT-4 in Microsoft Bing for free, although there are daily limits on the number of queries. However, Bing’s GPT-4 feels like a more restricted and less powerful version of ChatGPT running GPT-4.
Bard: Democratising AI with Free and Uncapped Access
In stark contrast, Google’s Bard with Gemini Pro stands out for its accessibility and ease of use. Completely free and without any usage restrictions, Bard empowers users to experiment, collaborate, and unlock the full potential of AI technology without financial barriers. This approach makes Bard a more accessible and inclusive platform for developers, researchers, and everyday users.
After using Google Bard’s Gemini Pro, you’ll find that the tone of voice and response style sound more natural than GPT’s. You can almost identify when ChatGPT generates a response, as it produces lengthy, personality-lacking responses. Gemini Pro in Bard is quite impressive, often like conversing with a real person. The Ultra model is supposedly even superior.
Looking Ahead: The Rise of Gemini Ultra
Although Gemini Pro offers remarkable performance, its anticipated successor, Gemini Ultra, represents the future of AI. Slated for release in early 2024, Gemini Ultra is predicted to outperform both GPT-4 and Gemini Pro in capabilities and performance.
I think it’s safe to say OpenAI is in trouble if they keep restricting paid signups and imposing restrictive usage caps on paid users.
A New Era of AI: Opportunities and Challenges
The emergence of Gemini Pro and the forthcoming launch of Gemini Ultra signify a substantial change in the AI landscape. With these potent language models becoming easily accessible, new avenues for creative expression, scientific exploration, and technological innovation are opening up. OpenAI has been a dominant player for quite a while, but given Google’s extensive resources and data, it was inevitable that Google would eventually match this level.
The stage is set for an exciting and transformative future with AI. Google’s Bard, powered by Gemini Pro and the upcoming Gemini Ultra, is poised to lead this journey, offering a powerful tool for exploration, innovation, and progress. 2024 will be the year that we see the AI war and competition truly take off. In the interim, Claude by Anthropic will be sitting in the corner drooling and sucking its thumb.