- Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary told Insider that he now evenly splits his queries between ChatGPT and Google.
- He said six months ago he would use Google 100%, but now it’s only about 50% of the time.
- “The AI research wars are on.”
Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary told Insider that he is increasingly using ChatGPT for internet search instead of Google.
Six months ago, it relied exclusively on Google for day-to-day use. “Now I split my search between 50% Google and 50% ChatGPT,” said O’Leary, who is in talks for a potential stake in the creator of ChatGPT, OpenAI.
And the AI competition intensified after Microsoft last week introduced a revamped Bing search engine which builds on ChatGPT-style functionality from parent company OpenAI, which recently secured a $10 billion investment from the tech giant.
O’Leary said he hasn’t used Bing in years, but once the new version is fully operational with chatbot technology, he plans to give it a try.
In the meantime, Google recently unveiled Bard, his response to ChatGPT. More, Chinese tech giant Baidu would work on its own language tool.
All of this, according to O’Leary, reduces Google’s dominance, making it the underdog right now.
“The AI research wars are on,” said the veteran investor.
“ChatGPT is definitely a threat to Google, and Google needs to know that,” O’Leary said. “The market hasn’t really punished Google’s stock for this. But in a few quarters, if ChatGPT does start to generate significant subscription fees, we’ll see what happens.”