AI Platforms

This page contains overviews and key features for some of the leading tools in the generative AI space today. The goal is to provide newcomers with a helpful introduction to the different generative AI platforms available.  With generative AI advancing rapidly, the details here are subject to change.

Platform Summary

(Updated 02-10-2024)

Context Window refers to how much input data the platform can interpret at one time.  A helpful rule of thumb is that one token generally corresponds to ~4 characters of text for common English text.

ChatGPT 3.5, developed by OpenAI, marked a significant advancement in natural language processing technology. Designed with a focus on understanding and generating human-like text, it provided users with a conversational AI capable of assisting with a wide range of tasks, from writing and summarization to question-answering. Its architecture allowed for more nuanced conversations and an improved ability to maintain context over longer interactions compared to its predecessors. ChatGPT 3.5 became a tool for creativity, productivity, and learning, offering a versatile AI companion that could engage users with detailed, coherent, and contextually relevant responses.

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ChatGPT 4, the successor to ChatGPT 3.5, introduced further enhancements that set new standards in the field of AI. Building on the capabilities of 3.5, version 4 expanded the model's understanding of complex instructions and its ability to generate more detailed and accurate content across a broader array of subjects. This version was particularly noted for its improved performance on tasks requiring advanced reasoning, deeper knowledge across disciplines, and a more refined approach to generating human-like text. ChatGPT 4 offered users an even more powerful and reliable AI assistant, capable of tackling more complex queries and providing responses that were closer to a human level of comprehension and detail.

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Claude, created by Anthropic, is an AI model tailored for deep text-based interaction, longer memory, and increased safety in responses compared to other AI platforms. It is distinct for its conversational ease, improved coding and reasoning skills, and its approach to reducing harmful outputs. Claude 2.1 further elevates the model's capabilities, offering a groundbreaking 200K token context window for detailed document analysis and introducing tool use features for expanded utility across tasks. This iteration showcases Anthropic's commitment to building AI that prioritizes user safety and reliability.  It is arguably the best AI platform for long-form text analysis and interaction.

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Gemini

Gemini is an advanced AI model created by Google DeepMind, embodying Google's shift towards AI-first principles. Designed to be multimodal, it stands out for its ability to process and integrate text, code, audio, images, and video, a capability not commonly found in other AI platforms. This versatility allows Gemini to excel in tasks ranging from complex problem-solving to efficient on-device applications. Its differentiated approach and optimized versions for varied tasks make Gemini a compelling choice for developers and enterprises looking to leverage cutting-edge AI technology​.

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Microsoft Copilot introduces AI into daily computing tasks across Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel, and Outlook, aiming to make work more intuitive and efficient. Distinguished by its deep integration within Microsoft 365, Copilot enables a seamless work experience, enhancing productivity and creativity by using natural language. Copilot offers multiple modes of interaction, including a creative mode that leverages OpenAI's GPT 4. For those exploring AI tools, Copilot presents a valuable option for transforming their workflow and achieving greater efficiency within Microsoft's ecosystem.

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Pi, developed by Inflection AI, is a personal AI designed to act as a kind and supportive companion, offering users conversations, advice, and information in a natural style. Unlike other AI that focus on productivity or specific tasks, Pi is aimed at being a coach, confidante, and creative partner. It stands out by prioritizing emotional intelligence, providing personalized interactions based on the user's needs and interests. Although not as feature rich as other AI platforms, Pi an appealing choice for those seeking an AI companion that offers more than just factual answers or task completion.

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