Since OpenAI introduced ChatGPT at the end of 2022, the AI chatbot is on everyone’s lips. The Sam Altman-led startup gained such viral exposure for its platform that it has not only attracted several billion dollars in investment from Microsoft, but has also spawned multiple alternatives and competitors.
Therefore, it is not surprising to come across several platforms that already offer tools similar to those of ChatGPT. Some are more original than others, of course, but they all face very similar challenges. And each one of them wants to earn a piece of your attention.
Below we will review which are the most interesting alternatives to ChatGPT that have appeared in recent times, with their differences and similarities. Of course, it is likely that some concepts will be repeated throughout this article, and it is for a well-defined reason: many of the platforms that compete with the OpenAI chatbot use its same technology, GPT-3.
ChatSonic, a reloaded ChatGPT
With a quick web search you will find that ChatSonic is regularly mentioned as the top alternative to ChatGPT. In fact, its own developers say that it is like the OpenAI chatbot, “but with superpowers”. A somewhat daring statement, but one that so far seems to be justified.
ChatSonic has been created by a company called WriteSonic and, from the beginning, it offers an interface full of options that today are not available in ChatGPT. The utility is not limited to answering questions that users ask it, or writing long articles on specific topics.
Unlike the development of Sam Altman’s startup, whose knowledge base is limited to events that occurred until 2021, ChatSonic is permanently connected to the Internet and can access updated information in real time.
Also, you have the option to ask it to generate images using artificial intelligence, and it also offers instant results. The striking thing here is that it takes advantage of two different platforms: DALL-E, from OpenAI, and Stable Diffusion, from Stability AI.
Another interesting point, compared to ChatGPT, is that it allows you to enter commands with your voice. So you don’t even need to type the questions to interact with the AI chatbot. And as if this were not enough, you can choose different profiles or “personalities” of the AI with which you want to interact.
YouChat, another variant powered by GPT-3.5
You.com recently made headlines for “integrating ChatGPT” into its search engine. What the company did behind that platform was actually incorporate GPT-3.5, the natural language processing model that powers the OpenAI chatbot.
Initially, the technology was used on the search engine results page to provide quick answers. However, it now has a dedicated section called YouChat. By using the technology of ChatGPT, it is able to offer the vast majority of its same features. That is, answer general questions, write essays, translate text or even write blocks in different programming languages.
However, it still carries a serious problem: its responses are riddled with unusual errors. Something that is very striking, considering that it attaches the links of the sources from which it extracts the information, and in most cases the data is correct there.
For example, if you ask him who won the World Cup in Qatar, he tells you it was Argentina, after beating France in the final. However, he adds that Lionel Messi was the scorer of the only goal of the game, when in reality it ended 3-3 and went to penalties. It is clear that he still has a lot to improve…
Perplexity AI, another powerful alternative to ChatGPT
Owner of a clean and minimalist interface, Perplexity AI is positioned as another powerful alternative to ChatGPT. Although it does not have the same conversational style as the OpenAI chatbot, it stands out for offering fast and accurate results to an endless number of questions. In addition, the results page not only shows the sources from which you get the information, but also quick links to other related queries.
If you don’t know what to ask, Perplexity AI will show you some of the most popular topics of the moment, which you can browse freely. But that’s not all, since it also gives you the option to quickly share the answers on Twitter or other platforms.
But what is truly remarkable about this tool is that it has a section called Bird SQL. from there you can explore the Twitter social graph, and make specific inquiries. So, for example, you can ask Perplexity AI to show you the most liked tweets of the day, and in a matter of seconds you’ll have them right before your eyes. It is worth clarifying, however, that this function is still in beta phase.
The three cases that we mentioned in previous paragraphs today are positioned as the alternatives to ChatGPT that attract the most attention. However, they are far from the only ones. Jasper Chat, for example, it’s another tool which leverages GPT-3 to offer features similar to those of the OpenAI chatbot.
While Bloom is an open source proposal that has been developed by a large number of experts in artificial intelligence. Its developers claim that it can generate “coherent text” in 46 languages and 13 programming languages; even though download and configure It can be a problem for those who do not have advanced knowledge in the matter.
Finally, we cannot forget about Playground, from OpenAI. We could say that it is the precursor platform to ChatGPT, whose access is still available. It is true that its interface is not the most attractive, nor is it overly friendly, but it allows you to fully explore the capabilities of GPT-3 by entering “instructions” in natural language. A good option for those who want to explore beyond what the chatbot offers, and experiment with the parameters of the natural language model that powers it.