4 ways AI Claude chatbot outperforms ChatGPT
With Anthropic releasing the Claude AI 2 model built to power the Claude AI chatbot, ChatGPT's dominance in the AI space appears to have been shaken.
Since its initial launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has become the undisputed leader in the AI chatbot field. While dozens of alternatives have emerged since then, very few offer comparable performance.
With Anthropic releasing the Claude AI 2 model built to power the Claude AI chatbot, ChatGPT's dominance in the AI space appears to have been shaken. But what does Claude AI offer that ChatGPT doesn't? How is Anthropic's Claude AI better than ChatGPT?
1. The context window is significantly larger
One of the major drawbacks of ChatGPT is that it cannot handle prompts longer than several thousand words at a time. If your reminder is longer than ChatGPT's token limit, you may receive a message that your reminder is too long and needs to be edited before sending.
Currently, ChatGPT's token limit is between 4K and 8k tokens (with the ability to handle up to 16k and 32k), depending on the model you're using. Claude AI, on the other hand, can handle prompts with up to 100k tokens at a time, which equates to about 75,000 words.
This is a marked difference. You may not notice or appreciate the difference if you use ChatGPT for tasks that require simple prompts, but it will be a problem if you use ChatGPT for more complex tasks like transcription and summarization, where you will need to work with large amounts of text. You will also appreciate this difference if you use ChatGPT for coding tasks that involve a large amount of code.
With Claude AI, you can load an entire book into the AI chatbot and start querying it. With ChatGPT, the limited context window means you have to split your code or text into smaller pieces and work with smaller responses.
2. More stringent safety measures
Anthropic describes itself as an AI safety research company. But beyond the name, the company is also very focused on using AI safely. This is why Claude AI is rooted in the principles of Constitution AI – a method of ensuring that AI-generated content is harmless and ethical. This approach involves setting strict ground rules that AI uses to decide on the ethics of outputs.
Claude AI uses this system to ensure its output is less likely to be harmful, discriminatory, or malicious. Jailbreaking Claude AI is also significantly harder, unlike the relatively easy way people bypass the safety rules in ChatGPT. While some might see this as a drawback, more stringent safety measures ensure that AI tools like Claude AI are safe enough for children, at least in theory.
3. Better coding experience
While it's too early to say for sure if Claude AI is as good as ChatGPT as a programming aid, it certainly makes for a better overall coding experience. Due to the limited context window, ChatGPT cannot handle the large inputs and outputs that you need to write large and complex code.
On the other hand, you could give Claude AI thousands of lines of code and ask it to debug, explain what it does, or perform optimizations. Due to the large context window, Claude AI will be able to process every bit of the code and prepare for any action you need to take.
ChatGPT will have a hard time handling a large amount of code or refuse to work with it altogether, especially without the ChatGPT plugin. Claude AI's 100k token limit greatly improves the usefulness of the chatbot as a programming tool.
4. Newer Knowledge Base
One of the biggest limitations of ChatGPT is the knowledge cut-off date to September 2021. Essentially, this means that ChatGPT is unaware of events that occurred after September 2021. But a lot has happened since then but ChatGPT will not consider them when responding to your prompts.
Claude AI has a knowledge base cut-off date of early 2023. It may seem like a small gap, but events that have occurred during this time significantly influence the best response to the prompt. So Claude AI might be a safer choice if you need your feedback to be as up-to-date as possible.
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