AI chatbot brought to Microsoft 365

The technology behind the world’s most talked about artificial intelligence system, ChatGPT, is being added to its most ubiquitous work software, Microsoft 365.

According to  The BBC, Microsoft is calling the system Copilot and says it will be embedded into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella said it would “fundamentally change the way we work.” However, the firm admitted Copilot would sometimes make mistakes.

Chat GPT has captured the world’s attention with its ability to quickly provide human-like responses to questions, even very complicated or abstract ones.

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However, those replies are sometimes inaccurate or provide completely invented information. While the tech being deployed by Microsoft in Office365 is not simply ChatGPT itself, it is based on the same language-learning model.

The firm acknowledged that Copilot may also sometimes be “usefully wrong”.

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“We all want to focus on the 20 per cent of our work that really matters, but 80 per cent of our time is consumed with busy work that bogs us down. Copilot lightens the load,” the tech giant said in a statement.

It has not yet revealed roll-out details.

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Recently, OpenAI launched GPT4, an updated version of the model which powers ChatGPT. Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in the firm.

OpenAI said GPT4 had “more advanced reasoning skills” than ChatGPT – but warned that it may still be prone to sharing disinformation.

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ChatGPT is a big runner in the worldwide AI chatbot race. Google — whose lucrative search business could be threatened by ChatGPT — has launched a rival called Bard.

Meta has its own chatbot, named Blenderbot, and in China, the tech giant Baidu has released a more advanced version of its chatbot Ernie, also known as Wenxin Yiyan.

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