[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Q&A platform Quora has opened public access to its new AI chatbot app Poe, which allows users to ask questions and get answers from a variety of AI chatbots, including those from the creator of ChatGPT, OpenAI, and other companies like Anthropic. In addition to allowing users to experiment with new AI technologies, Poe’s content will ultimately help develop Quora itself, the company says.
Quora first announced Poe’s mobile app in December, but at the time it required an invite to try it out. With the public launch on Friday, anyone can now use Poe’s app. It’s only available to iOS users for now, but Quora says the service will appear on other platforms in a few months.
The company stated in an announcement that given how quickly AI is currently developing and changing, it decided to launch Poe as a stand-alone product that is independent of Quora itself. There will be some connections between Poe and the Q&A website, though. Poe’s content will be shared on Quora itself, where it can potentially reach the site’s 400 million monthly visitors, if and when it satisfies a high enough quality standard, the company said.
To use Poe — which stands for “Platform for Open Exploration” — iOS users need to create a verified account with both a phone number and an email address. They can then switch between three different AI chatbots available at launch.
These include general knowledge chatbots Sage, Claude, and Dragonfly. Both Sage and Dragonfly are powered by OpenAI, while Claude is powered by Anthropic technology. Everyone has their limits right now. For example, Sage and Claude are unaware of events after 2021, and Dragonfly may refuse to answer some questions. All three have been known to make false statements, which is another reason why Quora itself isn’t immediately integrating Poe into his service. The factual inaccuracies offered by AIs like ChatGPT have raised concerns about whether these technologies are ready for prime time. The Wall Street Journal, for example, recently reported that ChatGPT performed quite poorly on math problems written in natural language, often returning entertaining but downright wrong answers with confidence. Another Q&A site, Stack Overflow, has also banned users from posting answers created by ChatGPT due to inaccuracies.
However, Quora sees the potential for Poe to help AI developers make their models more useful to the public by providing an easy-to-use chat interface, something that isn’t always the focus of building companies. artificial intelligence models.
” … most people and even most companies who are capable of training or fine-tuning these models are not well suited to create these interfaces,” explained the Quora blog post, penned by Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo. “This is particularly true in the back-and-forth dialogue paradigm that has become standard for question answering and other use of large language models like ChatGPT, but we expect it to become useful for other modalities as well. We hope that Poe can fill this gap and greatly reduce the amount of work needed for any AI developer to reach a large audience of users.”
To make Poe more accessible to developers, it plans to provide an API that any AI developer can add to their models to reach a large public audience.
“We foresee a large number of models available in the near future. Different models will be optimized for different tasks, they will represent different points of view, or they will have access to different knowledge,” D’Angelo also said in a Twitter thread announcing Poe’s public launch.
Besides providing an easy way to ask AI bots questions, Poe also includes some social components. The app allows you to create a profile and follow others. Users can post the model’s output to their profiles if they wish, making it available to their followers. Top examples are also distributed to all Poe users through the app’s feed, where others can like or repost the chatbot’s Q&A session. You can move through the feed like you navigate through stories in other social apps – tapping the side of the screen to move forward or back to the previous message. Poe also provides buttons you can press on each chatbot so you can see what others have shared.
The app itself is free to download without in-app purchases from the app store.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]