Microsoft AI Co-pilot for the Web

Microsoft is bringing into the browser. The AI will summarize any pdf document (including scientific papers) and integrate data from current web and use it to create content.

Merging in the AI has created the largest jump in search relevance in two decades.

AI will supercharge search and boost content creation.

9 thoughts on “Microsoft AI Co-pilot for the Web”

  1. I feel that LLMs will force institutions to go for more closed data source. If the search and LLM’s dont attribute data to their links, we may start seeing more paywalls, anti-crawler text and more.

    How will it boost content creation?

  2. So far, seems OK but not impressive.

    And it seems even more limited than ChatGPT. It refuses to do more things, e.g. cover letters for a job offering, because it would be unfair for other candidates. And probaby a lot more usage cases Microsoft disapproves too.

    But it has PDF search and other niceties, like knowledge of recent events, the ChatGPT lacks.

    Google’s promised product is also lacking in well, anything. Just a few screenshots and nothing about what it’s good for.

  3. Risks and opportunities.

    I’ve said it before, this appears to be cognitive automation, and therefore a technological singularity. This is a sort of technological event horizon where people can’t really “see” what things are going to be like on the other side until they get there, and that they don’t always even realize they are passing through when they do. Nevertheless, if they continue, the drastically shortening intervals between them will dramatically impact our lives, repeatedly.

    If the history of the human race follows the pattern it has since the discovery of stone tools, then the next technological singularity should follow in about half the time it took to reach this one. I would check back in 2038 to see if this is indeed the case, but who am I kidding? I can’t look away.

  4. Brian
    your first sentence reads
    `Microsoft is bringing into the browser. `
    I think you mean
    Microsoft is bringing A.I into the browser.

      • Plot twist – Brian has been beta testing Microsoft AI Co-Pilot for the last 15 years – hence title mangling, typos etc.

  5. Interesting implications about summarizing websites and PDFs. How does it know? What if it shows bias. What if a decisive vote of 52% get summarized as overwhelming support? When does Russia’s special operation get summarized as war?

    • There is a risk that this may once again isolate different fields of knowledge. If the summarizer is imbued with a sense not to spread “misinformation”, then only the people actually studying the field will know about the true state of the affairs if the knowledge contained there is “unwanted”. And we will once again be left to getting information through word of mouth. As a matter of fact, this will be the perfect tool for censorship; people will not even know the knowledge exists.

      So great opportunities for increasing productivity and great perils for the free flow of information…

      • Good points. Imagine if the AI training avoids any data sets that are deemed by its trainers to be ‘unreliable’ or ‘misinformation’. I wonder if politics will affect which data sets are chosen for training the AI?

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