A wicked problem looms for Google, go the way of building an equivalent ChatGBT to get the user where she wants to go with great precision thanks to advanced AI or stick with the current model of search where site rankings/keywords act as prime driver to display a list of sites "kinda" relevant to a specific search typed in by the user while at the same time, leveraging the user's demographic to send tailored ads to induce said user to buy stuff as advertisers pay Google money for any product she may buy in conducting the search in question. The Chatbot approach is akin to using streaming services to watch film without the need to endure ads of no interest in exchange for paying a monthly fee while avoiding crowds at the multiplex and not paying for grossly overpriced popcorn slathered in copious amounts of butter in viewing the film of your choice shining brightly on a high res screen located in the living room.
The re-engagement of Google’s founders, at the invitation of the company’s current chief executive, Sundar Pichai, emphasized the urgency felt among many Google executives about artificial intelligence and that chatbot, ChatGPT.
The bot, which was released by the small San Francisco company OpenAI two months ago, amazed users by simply explaining complex concepts and generating ideas from scratch. More important to Google, it looked as if it could offer a new way to search for information on the internet.
The new A.I. technology has shaken Google out of its routine. Mr. Pichai declared a “code red,” upending existing plans and jump-starting A.I. development. Google now intends to unveil more than 20 new products and demonstrate a version of its search engine with chatbot features this year, according to a slide presentation reviewed by The New York Times and two people with knowledge of the plans who were not authorized to discuss them.
“This is a moment of significant vulnerability for Google,” said D. Sivakumar, a former Google research director who helped found a start-up called Tonita, which makes search technology for e-commerce companies. “ChatGPT has put a stake in the ground, saying, ‘Here’s what a compelling new search experience could look like.’” Mr. Sivakumar added that Google had overcome previous challenges and could deploy its arsenal of A.I. to stay competitive.