Microsoft's chief technology officer for Bing and Cortana, Mikhail Parakhin, recently shared some insights about the development and future plans of Bing Chat. Parakhin has become the unofficial public spokesperson for Bing Chat in the months since Microsoft announced the AI search chatbot. He now says Microsoft could issue model updates to Bing Chat three times per year.
Microsoft's Prometheus project led to the creation of Bing Chat which uses Microsoft's own AI with integrations from OpenAI AI models into the search engine. Those OpenAI integrations include GPT-4 and DALL-E. Introduced in February, Bing Chat has been a driving force – alongside ChatGPT – in the mainstreaming of AI large language models (LLCs).
It is worth noting that neither Parakhin nor Microsoft are committing to three model update to Bing Chat each year. There is no roadmap in place that dictates when updates are released. It seems Microsoft is willing to see how development goes and issue upgrades when they are ready.
Parakhin is offering an estimate on how he expects the company to be able to deliver updates to the chatbot. He said, “you should expect models to be updated maybe three times a year or so.”
Models themselves it takes months to train, so, outside of some small RLHF tuning runs, you should expect models to be updated maybe 3 times a year or so.
— Mikhail Parakhin (@MParakhin) May 8, 2023
Bing Chat's Recent Multimodal AI Update
Last week, Microsoft issued a major update for Bing Chat. Actions for Bing Chat + Edge are a major addition, allowing users to access Microsoft's Bing AI tool to handle tasks without needing to jump between websites. For example, if Bing recommends a restaurant you can also see your reservation times and even start a booking within the chat.
To make search more productive, Microsoft has introduced a new feature by which users will be able to pick up where they left off and return to previous chats in Bing chat with chat history. Starting soon, the company will also be adding export and share functionalities into chat, allowing users to easily transfer their chats to companion software like Microsoft Word.
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