DeepMind and Linkedin Co-founders Launch ChatGPT Competitor ‘Pi’

K. C. Sabreena Basheer 07 May, 2023 • 3 min read

Google DeepMind and LinkedIn have come together to launch an artificial intelligence chatbot called Pi. The AI developed by Inflection AI aims to compete with the likes of OpenAI, Snap, and Google. The debut of ‘Pi’ amidst the rise of investors’ and consumers’ interest in AI technology brings Google back into the game.

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Google DeepMind & LinkedIn have together launched an AI chatbot called Pi, developed by Inflection AI to compete with OpenAI's ChatGPT.

Pi: A Sympathetic Sounding Board

Users of Pi can directly communicate with the chatbot through an app or via text, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and other messaging services. The chatbot has the demeanor of a sympathetic sounding board rather than seeking to offer knowledge, according to Inflection AI Chief Executive Mustafa Suleyman. The product has a limited use case, which makes it safer and simpler to control. It has been beta-tested by consumers for a number of months.

Google DeepMind's Mustafa Suleyman and Linkedin's Reid Hoffman launch ChatGPT competitor 'Pi'.

Limitations of Pi

Although developed by the co-founders of Deepmind and LinkedIn, Pi does come with some limitations. There are a number of things Pi cannot do, like coding, making marketing plans, or writing essays for school. It is purely designed for relaxed, supportive, and informative conversions, said Suleyman in an interview with Financial Times.

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Distinct Features of Pi

In a live demonstration of the chatbot, Pi stood out from competitors like ChatGPT or Bard because it frequently ended its responses with a question for the user, promoting conversation. Suleyman remarked, “That’s what Pi does extremely well—it facilitates your own course of investigation.” However, Suleyman promised that would change. “It does not give citations or sources. Like other massive language models, which form the basis of the new breed of chatbots, it occasionally makes up facts as well,” he continued.

Investment in Inflection AI

Hoffman, one of Microsoft’s board members, is also a partner at the VC firm Greylock, which supported Inflection. The firm had handled a US$250 million investment into the development of the AI. Due to potential conflicts with the AI companies he works with, Hoffman announced his resignation from the OpenAI board in March.

Inflection AI's Pi to compete with OpenAI's ChatGPT.

The launch of Pi comes at a time when the market for AI chatbots is becoming highly competitive, with the likes of OpenAI, Google, and Snap already having established themselves in the space. However, with the co-founders of DeepMind and LinkedIn behind it, Pi is sure to stand out in the crowded market.

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Our Say

The interest of investors and consumers in AI technology is increasing by the day. The debut of Inflection AI’s Pi is sure to add to this interest. The surge of publicly rolling out AI chatbots this year shows that tech companies are investing heavily in AI technology in response to the growing demand. With its creators’ reputation and experience in the field, Pi is a promising new entrant in the AI chatbot space, offering a unique approach to personal conversations and dialogue. It is expected to be an instant hit on Google search, Google News, social media, and Google Discover, as investors and consumers keep a close eye on the latest developments in this exciting industry.

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