ChatGPT is not Google Search

Anirban Mukherjee
7 min readDec 4, 2022

A few days ago, the internet exploded when the OpenAI foundation released ChatGPT for public beta. It proved to leap beyond the chatbots we were used to till now.

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What is ChatGPT

ChatGPT is a conversational AI system built on top of the GPT-3.5 project from the OpenAI foundation. It is built to be able to have a natural, free-flowing conversation with us on topics ranging from general knowledge to science to software programming and more.

Why compare it to Google Search

ChatGPT went viral as soon as it was released, and soon was being compared to the one place we were all used to going to, whenever we wanted answers to a question -> Google Search.

Till now, whenever we had a question, we were used to turning to Google Search to find the answer for it, be it for clarifying a regular expression’s functionality, be it answers to questions, or if we simply wanted to find general knowledge-based information.

Google Search was the most popular and handy means, till now, for anyone to access information from across the world. If a piece of information has been posted anywhere on the internet, you were sure to find it just by typing a few related keywords in Google Search. It was often interpreted as the gateway to the world’s information.

But before comparing them, let’s delve into the premises of these 2 systems.

The purpose behind Google Search

Google Search is the largest source of revenue for one of the largest companies on earth today. It is purpose-built by Google to serve a business purpose -> make the world’s information available to you in no time, in its real form.

Google Search does not natively interpret the information before presenting it. Results are presented in the form of links to the source of that information. Google does not generate information, it simply presents the source of information to us. Albeit, it does…

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Anirban Mukherjee

Loves writing code, building projects, writing about tech stuff, running side hustles; Engineering leader by day, nerd builder by night.