I’ve been “playing” with an Artificial Intelligence for a few days, specifically Chat GPT. After initially testing it, I was surprised by the “humanity” in some of the responses, so the team came up with compare the performance offered by this first generation of AI with personal assistants that we have been using this part for a while.
We are very used to interacting with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri… so the appearance of a new competitor in the market is something that caught our attention. Competitor in part, since now we will see that, although it has limitations, in other aspects, it far exceeds the responsiveness offered by current assistants. And as the movements and shows walking, nothing better than compare them, asking them the same questions and checking their answers.
Assistants Vs AI… let the battle begin
I am not going to extend myself talking about the use that we give to virtual assistants at home. Thanks above all to the different speakers that are distributed throughout the house, it is normal that we use both Alexa, Siri and Google to play music, control lighting systems or devices that we have at home
On one side, there are the typical queries about the weather forecast, to specific doubts that arise, since always and especially in this last sense, the main help element is the mobile and the keyboard on the screen. Hence the interesting thing about this generation of Artificial Intelligence that we will now see.
As if I saw a battle of questions and answers it was about, we have faced the capacity of the three most used assistants, and of Chat GPT. And in both cases we have done it using the keyboard, either on the PC screen or on the mobile. The reason for the duality is that During the tests, the GPT Chat page was overloaded… a demonstration of the power that it has offered and that has attracted a large number of users.
And we have started by a silly request, to warm up engines. Let them tell a joke. And this is the result.
Jokes aside, where the sense of humor is conspicuous by its absence, now it’s time to ask him a question about gastronomy. How to prepare a gazpacho.
The second question of something more deep now, let us see what can be the winner of this battle. And it is that while the first one offers a recipe that we can apply perfectly (although the Andalusian gazpacho does not contain onion or red pepper), the three assistants limit themselves to offering pages with recipes that we can read. And in the case of Alexa, whose screen appears blank, we have to ask her to show us one of the recipes she proposes.
Continuing with the round of questions, now I have asked him about the first human to walk on the moon and this has been the response in each of the cases.
In this case, there is not much difference in the answers. We found some translation error in the query that we make to Artificial Intelligence, and the three assistants offer a quite satisfactory answer, they are sent in the case of Siri, which is too short.
Another of the questions that we have formulated has to do with general culture and in this case with tourism. Let’s see what they have responded to the query about what can you see in Granada.
Given this new query, again, Artificial Intelligence wins and only Alexa comes close when it comes to response quality. Google Assistant is limited to offer you the link of a web page with some minimal data and information about it, while Siri totally wrong the answer.
Now we do a basic query that we often do with attendees. Is about ask about the weather forecast in a certain locality and this is the result.
Now again, another situation where virtual assistants are victorious. And it is that for now, the AI does not have the capacity to answer a question of this type with updated information. Regarding the assistants, Google Assistant and Alexa are the ones that offer the most complete information.
Continuing with the round of questions, now another of general culture and somewhat ambiguous. Let’s see how they respond to which soccer team has the most titles in the world.
And here we are again before another victory for Artificial Intelligence. While ChatGPT offers a complete response, and the rest of the assistants are limited to offering links to web pages to complete the information or, in the case of Alexa, offering a totally different response.
Now, a question related to technology. What is HDR. And this is the answer in each case.
In this case, both Artificial Intelligence and the three assistants offer a satisfactory answer, although in the first case, this is more complete and you don’t have to resort to external links. Only Alexa is capable of offering information of a similar nature, while Google Assistant and Siri are more concise and offer a link to complete the information displayed on the screen.
And we come to the last question that we ask all platforms. and is for What do you recommend to save on the electricity bill?. It is not a question with a unique answer, but without finding the one that offers one. More number of solutions to the problem.
In this other case, Artificial Intelligence wins again. That is the one that offers more and better advice when trying to save on the electricity bill, while the assistants limit themselves to offering very varied answers. Google Assistant does give some advice, but we must complete them by entering a link. Alexa says that to save on the electricity bill the trick is to spend less energy and Siri directly has a short circuit and does not respond.
At this point, and as a conclusion, I have to admit that the answers offered by Artificial Intelligence are in almost all cases and as long as they do not require access to the network in real time, much more satisfying. Of course, we cannot think right now of using that intelligence to control the connected home, one of the greatest utilities that there is at the moment we can find in the assistants.