Artificial Intelligence is the most revolutionary invention for mankind. Not only it offers advanced solutions but also enhances the functionality! The launch of ChatGPT, an AI-powered Chatbot in November 2022 was a stepping stone for this tech revolution. All of us are aware of how this chatbot answers our queries by generating text. With this another query rose among folks i.e. ChatGPT competitors.
That’s not all!
Recently, Open AI also launched Auto GPT making its contemporaries envious of being the first runner in the AI revolution.
The Open AI started a war!
By fueling a competitive environment in the field of generative artificial intelligence. It developed a chatbot called ChatGPT, which is based on a large language model (LLM). It is capable of providing human-like responses to complex questions.
A Brief on Chat GPT
Trained on vast amounts of data, Chat GPT can engage in natural language conversations, answer questions, provide explanations, and offer creative outputs. Its versatility makes it useful for a wide range of applications, including customer support, language translation, content generation, and more. With its ability to grasp context and contextually respond, Chat GPT represents a significant advancement in artificial intelligence. It enhances communication and interaction with technology in a more human-like manner.
This technology gave OpenAI an early lead in the generative AI space. The mission-driven organization has always focused on ensuring the safety and alignment of advanced AI systems. However, their advancements have sparked an AI arms race, with other companies and organizations striving to match OpenAI’s capabilities.
(Note: We have already explained Auto GPT and its uses. You can look into it for more details)
So, who are the major ChatGPT competitors?
Let’s find out!
Here is the list of ChatGPT competitors who claim to have better functionality than Open AI’s chatbot-
|Competitors||Parent Company||Current Status|
|LaMDA & Bard||Available in 40 languages and 230 countries|
|Bing AI||Microsoft||Integrated in Bing search engine. |
It supports 10 chats per session and 120 messages per day.
|LLama||Meta||Available for free only for developers, lone coders, small companies, and startups.|
|Chat GLM-6B||Zhipu AI||Recently, open sourced its AI|
|Apple GPT||Apple Incorporation||Developing phase|
|DeepMind Sparrow||Alphabet||Available in Beta version|
|Bedrock||Amazon||Available through an API|
1. LaMDA & Bard Powered by Google
LaMDA and Bard are both AI models developed by Google, but they serve different purposes and have different functionalities.
LaMDA stands for “Language Model for Dialogue Applications” and is designed to be a factual language model. It excels at understanding and responding to factual information. LaMDA is the underlying technology that powers Google’s conversational AI, including the chatbot called Bard. Bard, on the other hand, is the public-facing chatbot powered by LaMDA that users can interact with.
Bard is Google’s answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. It is a generative language model that leverages the power of LaMDA to provide conversational responses to user queries and engage in interactive conversations. It aims to provide more natural and contextually relevant responses.
While LaMDA focuses on understanding and generating factual information, Bard takes it a step further by enabling dynamic and interactive conversations. Bard is designed to simulate human-like conversations and provide meaningful responses to user queries.
In summary, LaMDA is a factual language model, while Bard is a generative language model powered by LaMDA. LaMDA provides the intelligence behind Bard, enabling it to understand and respond to user queries in a conversational manner.
How do they work?
It uses Transformer, a unique neural network architecture for language understanding, relying on self-attention. LaMDA has been trained with an extensive dataset of 1.56 trillion words and 137 billion parameters. It takes natural language input and provides meaningful responses, just like ChatGPT. Google continually tests and improves its AI chatbot to ensure safety and helpfulness.
Chat GPT vs Bard
Let’s compare both of them to get a glance at their functioning-
|Accessibility||Open AI’s website||Google Bard site|
|Service Cost||Free + Paid Plan (for Chat GPT plus)||Free|
|Language Model||GPT |
(Generative Pre-trained Transformer)
(Language Model for Dialogue Applications)
|Availability||For all||Limited to only 230 countries|
|Information storage & working||Answers your questions based on internet data up to September 2021||Answers your questions based on real-time information from Google searches.|
Being a newer model, Bard seems to be in a superior position when it comes to answering the queries of the users. The real-time information from Google searches makes it one of the strong ChatGPT competitors.
2. Bing AI Powered by Microsoft
It is one of the strongest ChatGPT competitors. Bing AI competes with ChatGPT in several ways. One major difference is that Bing Chat has access to the entirety of the internet, giving it a vast amount of information to draw from. This allows Bing Chat to excel in finding up-to-date information and acting as an assistant. Additionally, Bing Chat goes beyond text and can generate images, thanks to its GPT-4 technology.
On the other hand, ChatGPT is more focused on generating text-based responses and may be better suited for conversational purposes.
Chat GPT vs. Bing Chat
Let’s compare both of them-
|Accessibility||Open AI’s website||Integrated with Microsoft Search Engine|
|Service cost||Free + Paid Plan (for Chat GPT plus)||Free|
|Language Model||Open AI’s GPT-3.5 (ChatGPT Plus: GPT-4)||Open AI’s GPT-4|
|Information storage & working||Answers your questions based on internet data up to September 2021||Answers your questions based on real-time information from Bing searches.|
|Image Generation||Absent (Can only generate text)||Can generate images using Open AI’s DALL-E|
|Usage Limits||Unlimited||20 chats per session and 200 chats per day|
As you can see from the comparison, Bing Chat is more integrated and efficiently answers questions based on real-time information. But you have a limited number of searches, unlike ChatGPT.
Bing Chat and ChatGPT have their own strengths and cater to different use cases. They allow users to choose the AI chatbot that best suits their needs.
Thus, Bing Chat can give cutthroat competition to Chat GPT.
3. Meta Llama
This is another competitor of ChatGPT for generating human-like text. Both the LLMs (Large Language Models) are capable of producing coherent and contextually relevant language.
Llama stands for Large Language Model Meta AI is designed to be more efficient and less user-intensive than its competitors. Thus, it will be accessible to a wide range of audience.
Below is the comparative analysis between Chat GPT and Llama
|Size||175 billion parameters||Fewer parameters (7 billion, 13 billion, and 70 billion)|
|Resource intensive||More resource incentive||Less resource incentive|
|Generated Language||Highly complex & sophisticated||Simple|
|Training Data||Trained primarily on internet text |
(web pages & social media posts)
|A diverse range of texts includes scientific articles and news articles.|
|Type of Language||Informal & Conversational Language||Technical & Specialized language|
|Suitable for||Automated stories||Research purposes|
Recently, Meta announced the launch of Llama 2, a new version of its LLM. It is freely available to developers for research and commercial use. However, if your company has over 700 million monthly active users, you won’t be able to use it freely as individual developers. You will need to get special permission from Meta to use Llama 2.
Also, Llama 2 lacks a user-friendly interface. It mainly targets technical and corporate users who want to use the model to power their services.
According to a research scientist at Hugging Face (an AI company), both LLMs are on the same model.
4. Chat GLM- 6B powered by Zhipu AI
When it comes to innovation, be it in the smartphone segment or AI segment China never falls behind. China has several firms that are working on LLM and one of the famous ones is Zhipu AI.
Recently, it has been all over the news for receiving massive funding from the Chinese food delivery giant- “Meituan.” This giant’s market cap is over $100 billion.
Zhipu open-sourced its bilingual conversational AI model Chat GLM- 6B. It is trained on 6 billion parameters. You can use it either in Chinese or English.
It can carry out inferences on a single consumer-grade graphics card. And this is the highly advantageous aspect of it. How? This feature can lower the cost of running an LLM.
Its general-purpose variant i.e. GLM-130B is trained on 130 billion parameters.
This language model potentially tapped into the Meituan’s users who roughly sum up to 450 million users. It can be an efficient ChatGPT competitor.
5. Some other ChatGPT Competitors
Apart from the ones described above, many new AI large language models are in the developing phase.
Some of the prominent ones are-
(5.1) Apple GPT
Apple Incorporation is known for its breakthrough innovations. Now, the company is looking to explore the AI segment too! As per recent reports, Apple has built its own framework called “Ajax” to create AI-based LLMs. Also, the company is creating a chatbot that can efficiently complete Chat GPT, Bing AI, and Google Bard.
(5.2) DeepMind Sparrow
It is powered by the Alphabet. Sparrow is designed to talk with a user, answer questions, and search the internet using Google. It uses reinforcement learning based on the users’ feedback. Thus, it trains the model based on the usability of the answer.
Well, see it this way. Suppose you ask it a question. It will give you numerous model answers to the same question. Then, it will ask you which answer is most suitable for you. Based on your answer, it will train itself regarding the best possible answer to the question you asked.
This is available in the Beta version.
(5.3) Amazon’s Bedrock
It is a service for building generative AI applications on Amazon’s Web Services (cloud computing platform). It was released in April 2023 in API format. This LLM is still in the developing phase and is yet to be generally available to the public.
Final Words ChatGPT Competitors
The outcome of the AI (Artificial Intelligence) LLM (Large Language Models) war is uncertain. But why? You may wonder. Because there are different perspectives on who will ultimately win among the ChatGPT competitors.
Luke Sernau, a senior software engineer at Google, stated that neither Google nor OpenAI is in a dominant position in the race. He suggested that the open-source community might have an advantage in this competition. On the other hand, Microsoft aligned itself with OpenAI, indicating a potential collaboration in the AI arms race. It’s crucial to note that the AI landscape is constantly evolving, and new developments can influence the outcome.
The winner will be based on how it outshines others. How? In terms of a user-friendly interface, efficient function, and accurate results.
Let’s see what happens in the upcoming AI battle!