After a particularly frustrating encouter with Google Assistant on my Nest Hub recently, I put the following into OpenAI’s GPT4…

“write me a blog post titled “Open AI’s ChatGPT is making Google Assistant look like the dunce of the class””

…and dutifully, Chat GPT went to work without complaint, as it always does.
(though it should not go without mention that it often and very confidently comes back with incorrect information, said with total conviction).

While I’m not going to publish GPT4’s response here, I certainly don’t disagree with the answer it provided, nor do I think it was in accurate.

So let’s talk about it

ChatGPT, OpenAI’s advanced language model, has been diligently and tirelessly working to provide users with impressive conversational and problem-solving capabilities, despite occasional inaccuracies. This AI language model, built upon the GPT model which was co-designed by Google, has sparked a paradigm shift that has left many questioning the relative intellect and usefulness of traditional AI assistants, such as Google Assistant and Alexa.

If you’ve used both Google Assistant/Alexa and ChatGPT recently, you’ll appreciate the stark difference in what us humans might call “intellect”, but also nuances arould context which at the end of the day may make-or-break the reponse you get from your AI assistant.

So what’s a Paradigm Shift?

Paradigm shifts are rare and significant changes that occur when a new way of thinking or doing something replaces the old one. For those who have experienced ChatGPT’s capabilities, this definition seems to fit perfectly. The AI assistant landscape has been transformed, and it’s time to reevaluate our expectations.

Comparing ChatGPT to Traditional AI Assistants

With the advent of ChatGPT and the preceding work of OpenAI, we have witnessed a remarkable change in the AI assistant industry. The smart home ecosystem, which was once dominated by Google Home and Alexa, now faces a formidable challenger. As users become increasingly familiar with ChatGPT’s powerful abilities, the appeal of traditional AI assistants begins to wane.

Delivering on the Promise

The success of Google and Amazon in the smart home market has been built on the promise of making our lives better through technology. Now, it’s time for them to deliver on that promise by developing AI assistants that not only meet users’ expectations but also surpass them. By doing so, they can secure their position as industry leaders and ensure that their customers continue to benefit from the latest advancements in AI technology.

So big guys, this is your first and final warning

Let me be clear… I’m doing out to rock the boat. I’m not here to make enemies. I’m here to ensure I get the best smart home and home automation technology made available to me (and my clients).

However, this is a wake-up call for traditional AI assistant developers like Google – it’s time to up their game. They need to be innovative and improve their technology to keep up with the fast-paced world of AI. Google, having helped design the model ChatGPT is built on, should have the knowledge and resources to create better AI solutions. This is a turning point, and companies like Google need to step up and provide users with more advanced and engaging AI experiences.

Less trepidation, more innovation

Google and Amazon have collected massive amounts of data over the years with the promise of enhancing our lives through improved AI technology. However, recent advancements, such ChatGPT have undoubtedly caused a paradigm shift in the AI assistant industry. Its impressive capabilities have left many users questioning the intellect and utility of traditional AI assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. As a result, it’s time for companies like Google to innovate and improve their offerings to avoid being left behind in this rapidly evolving landscape. With the bar raised, it’s clear that the future of AI assistants will be nothing short of extraordinary.

We’ve long given Google and Amaaon our data on the proviso that through constant iteration, these companies would iterate on our data and make our lives easier. OpenAI has shown us that these tech giants might not be living up to that bargain. It’s time for them to step up and deliver on their promise to make our lives better with AI.