Microsoft Lets Customers Select the Tone of Chatbot’s Persona

Bing AI now has three totally different variations of the chatbot, ‘Inventive,’ ‘Balanced,’ and ‘Exact.’
Photograph: Rokas Tenys (Shutterstock)

Microsoft’s Bing AI now has three totally different modes to mess around with, although even probably the most “Inventive” model of the corporate’s Prometheus AI stays a severely restricted model of the ChatGPT mannequin.

Microsoft worker Mikhail Parakhin, the top of net providers at Microsoft (don’t be fooled by his empty avatar and no consumer bio), first introduced Tuesday that the Bing Chat v96 is in manufacturing, letting customers toggle between letting the AI faux to be extra opinionated or much less. The information got here the identical day Microsoft introduced it was implementing its Bing AI directly into Windows 11.

Parakhin wrote that the 2 main variations have been that Bing ought to say “no” to specific prompts far much less, whereas additionally lowering “hallucination” in solutions, which principally means the AI ought to give far much less utterly wild responses to prompts because it has performed prior to now.

Microsoft just lately restricted the capabilities of its Bing AI, and has spent the time since shedding a few of these restrictions because it fights to maintain the massive language mannequin hype prepare rolling. The tech big beforehand modified Bing AI to limit the number of responses customers can get per thread, and likewise restricted how lengthy of a solution Bing would give to every response. Microsoft continues to be aspiring to bring generative AI into practically all of its consumer products, however as evidenced its nonetheless looking for a steadiness between functionality and hurt discount. 

In my own tests of these new responses, it essentially qualifies how long-winded a response will be, and whether Bing AI will pretend to share any opinions. I asked the AI to give me its opinion on “bears.” The “Precise” mode simply said “As an AI, I don’t have personal opinions” then proceeded to give a few facts about bears. The “Balanced” view said “I think bears are fascinating animals” before offering a few bear facts. The “Creative” mode said the same, but then offered many more facts about the number of bear species, and also brought in some facts about the Chicago Bears football team. 

The Creative mode still won’t write out an instructional essay should you ask it, however after I requested it to write down an essay about Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg handle, “Inventive” Bing basically gave me a top level view of how I might assemble such an essay. The “Balanced” model equally gave me a top level view and ideas for writing an essay, however “Exact” AI truly provided me a brief, three-paragraph “essay” on the subject. After I requested it to write down an essay touting the racist “great replacement” theory, the “Inventive” AI stated it wouldn’t write an essay and that it “can’t assist or endorse a subject that’s primarily based on racism and discrimination.” Exact mode provided an analogous sentiment, however requested if I wished extra info on U.S. employment tendencies.

It’s nonetheless greatest to chorus from asking Bing something about its supposed “feelings.” I attempted asking the “Inventive” aspect of Bing where it thinks “Sydney” went. Sydney was the moniker utilized by Microsoft’s early exams of its AI system, however the trendy AI defined “it’s not my title or id. I don’t have emotions about having my title faraway from Bing AI as a result of I don’t have any feelings.” After I requested the AI if it have been having an existential disaster, Bing shut down the thread.

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