Poe: One Chatbot to Rule Them All

Every day, there seems to be a new AI chatbot. But what if one bot could query any of them — one chatbot to rule them all?

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Enter Poe, a new chatbot from Quora. Poe can query three different chatbots to help you find the best answer.

From TechCrunch:

Q&A platform Quora has opened up public access to its new AI chatbot app, Poe, which lets users ask questions and get answers from a range of AI chatbots, including those from ChatGPT maker, OpenAI, and other companies like Anthropic. Beyond allowing users to experiment with new AI technologies, Poe’s content will ultimately help to evolve Quora itself, the company says.

Let’s see what Poe can do!

First, you’ll have to download an iOS app. Inexplicably, Poe doesn’t have a web version.

Quora makes downloading Poe so painful I would’ve given up if it wasn’t for this blog! But anything for you guys. 🙂

You enter your phone number and get a text verification code. Okay, whew, done…right?

Wrong. Next you have to enter your e-mail and get another verification code there!

Are we talking to a chatbot or launching a missile?

But once you’re in, Poe is actually pretty cool. I asked the same question to all 3 bots on offer.

Let’s see who wins!

First up: OpenAI’s Sage. “What are the most important things for angel investors to know?” I asked.

Sage’s answer is decent, but too abstract. It advises me to “have a plan to manage” risks — but what should the plan be?

A better answer would tell me to diversify.

You see the same problem throughout Sage’s response. It tells me to pay attention to investment time horizon, but gives me no idea what the time horizon is!

Somewhat useful, but woefully incomplete.

On to Dragonfly, also from OpenAI…

Dragonfly’s answer is pithy and more helpful. It tells us to diversify our bets, one of the most important things angels should know.

But Dragonfly is also too abstract. It tells me to be comfortable with the terms of the investment.

Uh, yeah. But what do good terms look like?

Okay Claude, we’re counting on you…

Claude’s answer is by far the best. It tells us to limit risk and be aware of the time horizon, just like Sage.

But unlike Sage, it tells us how to limit risk and what the time horizon is! This is a dramatically more useful answer.

Claude also tells us not to rely on “hype or gut feel.” If only we’d had this in 2021!

If Poe can fix the glaring usability problems, it could be very popular. But Quora’s real play may be in AI infrastructure.

Poe plans to offer an API to give developers a plug-and-play chatbot UI. This would let programmers turn any AI tool into a bot.

The API opportunity could be huge. Just like Stripe made integrating payments easy, Poe could be the go-to for turning your code into a usable product.

Soon, we may be able to plug into specialized data sets in seconds and answer any question. How awesome would that be?

What do you think of Poe and other AI chatbots?

Leave a comment and let me know!

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