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DuckDuckGo Launches a Private Portal to Top AI Chatbots

DuckDuckGo has unveiled its latest offering, a private portal called DuckDuckGo AI Chat, which allows users to interact with popular AI chatbots anonymously and privately. Unlike other platforms, DuckDuckGo ensures that neither the chatbot providers nor itself can use users’ data to train models. This guarantees a high level of privacy as the company does not require users to create accounts or provide personal information. Additionally, DuckDuckGo removes metadata from queries, making them appear as if they originated from the company rather than individual users.

DuckDuckGo has collaborated with OpenAI and Anthropic, two renowned AI chatbot providers, to offer a range of closed-source and open-source models. These include OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 Turbo, which was previously used to power the free version of ChatGPT, and Anthropic’s Claude 3 Haiku, a scaled-down version of its Claude 3 model. DuckDuckGo’s platform also features open-source models such as Meta’s Llama-3 70Bn and Mistral AI’s Mixture of Expert model Mixtral 8x7b. The company plans to expand its offerings by adding more models in the future.

The introduction of DuckDuckGo AI Chat comes as a welcome addition for individuals concerned about their privacy. The popularity of privacy-focused platforms has grown recently, with Crypto founder Erik Voorhees launching Venice AI, which offers an uncensored AI chatbot and image generator that does not require accounts or retain data.

Comparing the AI tools offered by DuckDuckGo and Venice AI, DuckDuckGo’s GPT-3.5 Turbo and Claude 3 Haiku models excel in text generation, surpassing Venice AI’s Hermes and Dogge LLMs. However, Venice AI provides a broader set of Generative Image models, which DuckDuckGo currently lacks. Additionally, Venice AI’s models are uncensored in both text and image generation, giving it an edge over its competitors.

DuckDuckGo’s AI Chat service is currently free to use with a daily limit, but the company is considering launching a paid tier to reduce or eliminate these restrictions. DuckDuckGo emphasizes that its AI Chat service is not just a passing experiment but a complementary partner to its search engine, offering users two powerful tools to assist them in finding information and exploring new topics.