Ever since its release in late November 2022, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm; from garnering over 1 million users in its first week to putting Google in an existential crisis. But is ChatGPT really a threat to Google? Can ChatGPT someday replace Google? In the battle of ChatGPT vs. Google, who will win? Let’s find out.
While we can’t predict the future, we can surely explore, experiment, and compare ChatGPT and Google to find answers to the above question. The idea is simple, we’re going to ask some questions to the duo and see who answers better. But first, let’s get the basics right.
What Is ChatGPT and How It Works
Technically speaking, ChatGPT is an AI-powered chatbot that employs GPT 3.5 model (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer) to provide human-like responses. Developed by Open AI, it’s capable of dialogue-based interactions, thanks to its NLP (Natural language processing) and machine-learning techniques.
In simple terms, ChatGPT’s superpower is that you can chat or have a one-on-one conversation with the AI, i.e., use text prompts to ask questions and get answers, like in the example below.
Moreover, ChatGPT is not just limited to answering basic questions. It can help you generate code snippets, debug your code, write SEO-friendly articles, YouTube Scripts, poetry, and scientific essays, correct your grammar, and whatnot.
How Is ChatGPT Different From Google
While on paper, both ChatGPT and Google are designed to interpret and answer your questions, their approach is what sets them apart.
ChatGPT understands the query, searches its database, and presents a dialogue-based answer like a fellow person/expert would. Contrarily, Google takes your query, searches it across billions of web pages, and presents relevant web pages that might have the answer.
For a better understanding, read along as we test move and compare ChatGPT and Google search.
ChatGPT vs. Google: Which Is More Direct
While Google is pretty easy to use, ChatGPT takes the cake. Thanks to ChatGPT’s conversational approach, the AI answers your query directly. There can be explanations if needed, but mostly it will be a straightforward answer.
Whereas, Google just fetches results. You’ll have to scroll, choose a suitable website, and skim through the website’s SEO-oriented content for the answer. And though, Google offers a feature snippet section that directly answers the question, it isn’t as effective as ChatGPT.
For instance, here’s the result for iPhone history on ChatGPT and Google search.
Note: ChatGPT’s lead time might be higher than Google’s right now due to increased traffic. You might also face some errors, just refresh the page to get rid of them. If the issue still persists, check out our troubleshoot article about fixing ChatGPT network error.
ChatGPT vs. Google: Better Interaction and Creativity
Though Google offers unlimited answers to your query, it is still limited by the information available on the web pages. Whereas ChatGPT can tailor the information precisely to your requirements.
Where Google will guide you to a technique, tool, or method that can accomplish the task, ChatGPT will do the deed. Now, whether that’s solving a maths puzzle, writing a code, summarizing a thesis, or writing an email, all can be done.
In other words, Google is like a teacher who’ll teach by example, while ChatGPT is that nerdy friend or cousin who’ll do the homework for you. (Although we don’t entirely know whether that’s good or bad, as of now it is what it is.)
ChatGPT Remembers Your Conversation
Another perk of ChatGPT’s approach is that it can genuinely hold a conversation with you. For starters, it remembers the previous prompts in a chat and answers accordingly.
Let’s say, you asked for the 10 best vegan recipes. After checking the results, you want the ingredients for 1 or more recipes. Now, instead of searching via the dish’s name, simply type the number like ingredients for 2 and 10.
Next, you can type the prompt asking which recipe is quicker or ask for a dish to avoid due to allergy, and ChatGPT will refer to the previous conversation and gladly answer. Whereas, you’ll have to search everything individually if you were using Google.
Note: Like Google, ChatGPT saves your search history, albeit as chat sessions. ChatGPT will remember and refer conversations done in a particular chat window, not across all chats/searches.
ChatGPT vs. Google: Access to Data
With trillions or probably a quadrillion web pages indexed through its platform, Google has an incomparable data source. In comparison, ChatGPT was trained with 570GB of data from books, web texts, research articles, Wikipedia, etc.
And since ChatGPT can’t Google, i.e., can’t access the internet for reference, its knowledge pool is limited (albeit quite vast). Moreover, Google is updated in real-time, whereas ChatGPT’s data set cuts off 2021, i.e., it doesn’t have any information on events or developments after that.
So, in general, Google has a vast and updated knowledge than ChatGPT. Although the data limitation on ChatGPT will be lifted with future updates (hopefully soon), that’s a snag we can’t ignore right now.
ChatGPT vs. Google: Reliability
Haven’t we all googled to confirm someone’s statement in the past? And while you can do the same thing with ChatGPT, the error margin is greater than Google’s.
The reason is simple, ChatGPT is a machine learning model whose accuracy depends on the text data it was trained on and information provided by the user. It can make mistakes and provide incorrect information, especially about current events or rapidly changing information.
Most importantly, ChatGPT doesn’t provide the source of the information like Google. So, there’s no way to trace it back via paper trails, experts, reference lists, trusted websites, etc.
AI vs. Experts
Basically, Google is a search engine powered by algorithms without human-like qualities or emotions. However, the data and websites it brings upon are mostly written by humans, i.e., experts on the topic.
And as of now, Google’s strongest suit is this human element. While ChatGPI’s language model is capable of simulating human-like conversation, it can’t compete with human experience, stories, emotions, biases, etc.
Where ChatGPT can give a satisfactory answer to which OS is better iOS or Android, Google will share blogs/articles/videos by tech experts, i.e., people who have genuinely used both Android and iPhone.
Their observations and perceptions are formed with use, real-life experience, and experimentation. And no AI can beat that at least as of now. Like you can read about ChatGPT all you want, but you’ll only understand the real picture after practical use.
ChatGPT vs. Google: Which Brings More Options to the Table
We’ve been praising ChatGPT for its quick and direct answers, however, sometimes you need options. And while you can regenerate responses, ask for simpler language, and tweak the question for spot-on results on ChatGPT, it’s nothing in comparison to what Google has up its sleeves.
For starters, Google searches billions of websites and other sources to present you with multiple sources of information. Then it tailors the result according to your current location, past search history, devices you own, and apps you use.
Let’s assume you searched for the best restaurants near you. ChatGPT will hand you a list of great restaurants and might include the cuisine they serve. Whereas, Google dishes up more precise, updated, and in-depth answers.
With Google, you’ll be privy to the restaurant’s type, rating (from Google reviews), timings, official website, contact number, location, directions (Google Maps), and more. Furthermore, you can easily apply or remove search filters on Google, while you’ll have to type out everything on ChatGPT.
Another major advantage of Google is its real-time data procurement, from the latest news to flight schedules, from events to real-time traffic status, the search engine can handle a lot.
ChatGPT vs. Google: Free or Paid
Google’s services are primarily funded through advertising revenue and thus you can avail of its services for free. There are no recurring subscription fees or locked features.
Whereas, ChatGPT requires payment to cover the cost of development and maintenance of the model. As of writing, OpenAI has introduced a pilot subscription plan ChatGPT Plus that will burn a hole of $20/month in the users’ wallet.
The free version will still be available, though obviously features like priority access and faster response times will be restricted to paid users.
ChatGPT Vs. Google: The Final Battle
Google is ruling the world for about two decades, obviously, it has the upper hand over a technology that’s not even in the toddler stage. ChatGPT has the bare bones and capability to rule, but it still has to learn, develop, and adapt a lot to reach that level.
Moreover, Google constantly adapts to the sense and sensibilities of its audience and brings new features and algorithm changes accordingly. So, beating Google might be difficult for ChatGPT. Our guess is that both will coexist, eventually making our life easier.
As for which platform will be the right fit for you, the answer is pretty Cliché, to each their own. We suggest that you keep both handy. You’ve already mastered Google, so dabble a bit with ChatGPT to learn how it works and performs.
Later, use the platform as per your need; need help with an assignment or understanding a concept, use ChatGPT. When you want suggestions, information about current events, views/reviews of experts, or data with proper sources, use Google.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, ChatGPT can dethrone Google from being the number 1. search engine in the future, affecting its ad revenue massively. However, adaptability will play a major role. For instance, despite everything, WhatsApp still has more users than Telegram or Signal.
Different search engines have different strengths and weaknesses and the best might be relative to one’s needs and usability. Although Microsoft has launched Bing Chat running GPT-4, so, the scale might tip away from Google in the future.
Last updated on 15 March, 2023
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