Is ChatGPT Closer to a Human Librarian Than It Is to Google

The benefits and drawbacks of using ChatGPT and its relatives to do web searches are discussed by a search engine researche

Before search engines were the norm, the dominant model of information access and retrieval was interactive, customised, transparent,

Authoritative, with librarians and subject or search experts delivering pertinent information.

The majority of people today get information primarily through search engines, however it is not,

Ideal to enter a few terms and receive a list of results rated by an unidentified factor.

The conventional search engine paradigm of input and output is being challenged by a new generation of artificial intelligence-based information access systems,

such as Microsoft's Bing/ChatGPT, Google/Bard, and Meta/LLaMA. These systems may produce customised natural language responses by using complete sentences or even paragraphs as input.

This might initially appear to be the best of both worlds: individualised and customised responses paired with the range and depth of knowledge available online.