With the debut of Poe this week, Quora has shown its interest in text-generating AI systems like ChatGPT by providing a forum where users can pose questions to and get immediate responses from artificial intelligence.
Poe, which stands for “Platform for Open Exploration,” is “intended to be a location where users can easily connect with a lot of different AI agents,” a Quora spokeswoman told.
Over the course of Quora’s 12 years of development and operation, we have gained invaluable experience in the field of consumer internet product development. The representative said, “And we are especially skilled in servicing those who are seeking information.” We think our findings can be broadly applicable to the emerging field of human-machine language interfaces.
So, Poe isn’t an effort to create an AI model comparable to ChatGPT. ChatGPT has been the focus of criticism because to its propensity for providing responses that seem persuasive but aren’t factually correct. Q&A website Stack Overflow briefly restricted users from posting replies using ChatGPT earlier this month, citing concerns that the AI made it too simple for users to make responses, leading to a rush of questionable answers.
If Quora had, for example, trained a text-generating AI on its platform’s massive database of crowdsourced questions and responses, it may have found itself in some legal trouble. Users may have objected to the usage of their information in this fashion, especially considering that certain AI systems have been proven to repeat portions of the data with which they were first taught (e.g. code). Stable Diffusion, DALL-E 2, and other generative art systems, as well as code-generation systems like GitHub’s Copilot, have been the target of protests from those who feel that these programmes steal their work and profit from it.
In particular, a class action complaint has been filed against Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI for allegedly breaking copyright rules by enabling Copilot to reuse chunks of licenced code without giving proper attribution. And as the online art community Artstation started accepting AI-generated artwork this year, users took to posting “No AI Art” pictures in their profiles as a form of protest.
At its release, Poe gives users access to many AI models that can generate text, including ChatGPT. (Currently, OpenAI does not provide a public API for ChatGPT, and a representative from Quora declined to comment on whether the company has partnered with OpenAI to provide Poe or any other kind of early access.) Poe is similar to a texting app, except that it allows users to have private conversations with AI models. Writing assistance, cooking, issue solving, and exploring nature are just some of the discussion topics and use cases that Poe suggests inside the chat interface.
At launch, Poe only has a small selection of models, but in the near future, Quora aims to include a mechanism for model providers (such as businesses) to submit their models for inclusion.
“We think this will be a fun way for people to interact with and explore different language models. Poe is designed to be the best way for someone to get an instant answer to any question they have, using natural conversation,” the spokesperson said. “There is an incredible amount of research and development going into advancing the capabilities of these models, but in order to bring all that value to people around the world, there is a need for good interfaces that are easy to use. We hope we can provide that interface so that as all of this development happens over the years ahead, everyone around the world can share as much as possible in the benefits.”
ChatGPT and other text-generating AI have been shown to produce prejudiced, racist, and otherwise poisonous material, not to mention harmful code. Since Quora isn’t actively intervening, it’s up to the Poe model suppliers to police the site for inappropriate questions and answers.
The representative emphasised that “the model suppliers have put in a lot of work” to ensure that “the bots do not provide dangerous replies.”
A representative for Quora made it quite clear that Poe is not now (and likely never will be) a part of the platform. Like Google’s AI Test Kitchen, Quora considers this to be an autonomous initiative that will undergo constant iteration and improvement.
The spokeswoman for Poe hedged when questioned about the company’s commercial goals, adding, “It’s early days.” It’s not hard to imagine that as Poe expands, Quora, which generates most of its revenue from paywalls and advertising, may include paid capabilities into the platform.
However, the company claims that it is now preoccupied with scalability testing, beta tester input, and fixing any problems that arise.
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