Yesterday OpenAI unveiled its new GPT-4 model and competitor Anthropic unveiled its own ChatGPT competitor Claude. At the same time, Quora announced that its chatbot app Poe will now have a paid tier that lets you ask questions to bots powered by these models.
Poe subscriptions cost $19.99 a month or $199.99 a year, and you can currently only purchase it from your iOS or Apple Silicon-powered Mac. The company is working to make the paid plan available for purchase on the web.
Quora first launched Poe as a closed beta last December and later opened it up to all iOS users last month.
Quora’s CEO Adam D’Angelo said in a Twitter thread that paying users can chat with bots powered by GPT-4 and Claude+ (version 1.2). Unfortunately, the paid tier doesn’t allow you to ask unlimited questions with these models. Poe limits usage to 300 GPT-4 and 1000 Claude 1.2 posts per month. The service said that once a user reaches the monthly cap, “the availability or quality of the bot may be reduced.”
At the moment, free users can also test and ask these models one question per day free of charge. D’Angelo said users can have unlimited interactions with other bots such as ChatGPT, Claude, Sage and Dragonfly. Poe describes that these models have different roles and characteristics. Here’s what the company says about these bots:
- Claude is typically better at many creative writing tasks, but is more likely to refuse to answer questions.
- Claude+ is significantly better than Claude, especially in non-English languages. In English, it also generates more in-depth answers than Claude.
- Wise And ChatGPT are generally better at languages other than English and are better at programming-related tasks.
- Dragonfly tends to have shorter responses, and it may be easier to get Dragonfly to follow instructions if examples are provided in the input.
- GPT-4 is a major advancement over ChatGPT and is the most powerful language model currently available in the world. It is particularly strong in creative writing, problem solving (e.g. math and physics), and following instructions.
Notably, models like Sage and Claude have no knowledge of post-2021 events, and Dragonfly may refuse to answer some questions. When you start a conversation with a bot, the app shows you a warning that it might be making incorrect statements, so you don’t take the answers at face value. These are some precautions against manipulating bots to say problematic or incorrect things.
Currently, Quora and Poe are not directly connected. But last month, the company said that if Poe’s generated content meets certain benchmarks, the answers could be distributed on its Q&A platform with more than 400 million monthly users.
Along with Poe, Duolingo also announced a GPT-4 powered subscription that allows an AI-based teacher to learn languages. Microsoft also broke its vow of silence, confirming that Bing had been using GPT-4 all along. In addition, the Bing chat now has an increased daily limit of 150 messages. Khan Academy said it is testing an AI assistant that will help teachers with administrative tasks as a teaching assistant. On the other hand, students can use it to get help with math and contribute ideas for stories.
Since OpenAI and Anthropic have just made announcements about new bots, more consumer applications will use this technology.