- Microsoft Bing AI Chatbot can now change personality based on user preferences.
- Microsoft has added three modes viz. Precise, Balanced, and Creative.
- According to Microsoft, the Creative mode includes original and imaginative responses.
Microsoft Bing AI Chatbot has received a personality makeover from its maker. The Redmond giant has in fact given three new personalities to its AI chatbot – Creative, Balanced, and Precise. The first one is said to be more original and imaginative in its responses, whereas the Precise mode is more factual and straightforward in its responses. This is Microsoft’s attempt to give users more control over Bing AI Chatbot. Let’s take a look at what changed.
Bing AI Chatbot Gets All-New Personality Toggles from Microsoft
Now almost everyone – 90% – should be seeing the Bing Chat Mode selector (the tri-toggle). I definitely prefer Creative, but Precise is also interesting – it’s much more factual. See which one you like. The 10% who are still in the control group should start seeing it today.
— Mikhail Parakhin (@MParakhin) March 1, 2023
Microsoft’s Chief of Web Services, Mikhail Parakhin took to Twitter to announce that 90 percent of Bing AI users should see the personality toggle for the chatbot. It’s set to Balanced by default but as mentioned before, users can set it to Creative for imaginative responses and Precise for factual responses. The Balanced mode is a good middle ground between the Creative and Precise modes.
This new change comes in response to user complaints that the chatbot simply declined to respond when asked certain questions. This was the result of restrictions imposed by Microsoft after users complained of strange behaviour during long entertainment chat sessions.
Since then, the Redmond giant has been gradually lifting the restrictions on the chatbot. The latest update for the chatbot was designed to reduce the unresponsiveness that the users complained about. According to Microsoft, the update also curbed the weird responses that several users claimed to have received.
The latest personality toggle now gives users more control over the content they expect from the chatbot. The toggle was already available to Skype and mobile apps since late February and the chatbot was also recently added to the taskbar on Windows 11 in a major update.
Notably, Microsoft has been testing the Bing AI chatbot in secret for years with its first appearance recorded in 2021. Microsoft was already using AI techniques in the initial bots used in Bing and Office. In 2017, the tech giant started bringing all bots together towards a single AI-powered bot called Sydney, which has evolved into the Bing AI chatbot that we know today.