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Alternatives to ChatGPT: 12 Other Chatbots to Try

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By Anna Ribas, on 9 May 2024

ChatGPT may be the most well-known chatbot globally, but in this article, we want to share some information on 12 other AI-powered chatbots. While lesser-known, they can be useful for completing everyday tasks, especially those related to marketing. From Gemini and Copilot to Jasper and Aria, the options abound! Whether you're looking for alternatives to ChatGPT due to dissatisfaction or simply want to see what else is out there, read on to learn more.

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Alternatives to ChatGPT

1. Gemini

Gemini is a conversational chatbot developed by Google. It operates on the LaMDA language model, and although it's very similar to ChatGPT, it has the distinction of always being connected to the internet. This allows it to provide more up-to-date information and disclose the sources of its responses.

Gemini undergoes regular updates and introduces new features like extensions. Currently, these extensions enable Gemini to integrate with Google applications such as Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and Drive. These integrations allows users to search for content and perform actions without leaving the chat interface.

2. Microsoft Copilot

Another option to consider is Copilot, Microsoft's conversational AI. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, was actually involved in its development.

Copilot is integrated into the Microsoft search engine, Bing, but it can also be used on an independent platform.

In the Pro version and in another of its paid versions, Copilot is integrated into Microsoft 365 tools such as Outlook, Drive, Excel, Word, or Teams, among others.

However, what sets Copilot apart from ChatGPT is that it has the ability to generate images from text for free (while ChatGPT includes this in its paid plan). To do this, it's necessary to have a Microsoft account.

3. Claude AI

Claude AI was developed by Anthropic, a startup aiming to rival OpenAI, and is currently available only in select locations. While its design and features resemble other conversational chatbots, Claude AI adopts a more formal tone, unlike the casual conversational style of counterparts like Microsoft's bot.

Unlike Gemini and Copilot, Claude AI doesn't cite its information sources, which sets it apart.

4. LuzIA

WhatsApp has ventured into the realm of AI chatbots with its creation, LuzIA. This chatbot can function independently or be integrated into WhatsApp. To try it out independently, simply click on the "Try it" button located in the top right corner of its website. Alternatively, for integration with WhatsApp, click on the WhatsApp icon from your mobile device (or computer if the app is installed); this will automatically open a chat with LuzIA within the application, where it will be saved among your contacts.

LuzIA is a compelling tool, offering functionalities akin to ChatGPT while being entirely free. Remarkably, it can generate images and even transcribe audio to text, although this feature is exclusive to its standalone app version.

A fun feature is the "Friends of Luzia" section within the standalone app. Here, users can select various chat personalities to tailor responses to their needs or to enjoy diverse conversational experiences. For instance, users can opt to converse with "English Teacher" for grammar and vocabulary assistance or with "Your Friend" for encouragement and support akin to a confidant.

5. Aria

Aria, the conversational chat integrated into the Opera browser, shares similarities with Gemini and Copilot. Like the latter, Aria harnesses the power of OpenAI's GPT language model. However, unlike Copilot and Gemini, Aria is exclusively accessible through the Opera browser; independent usage is not supported, necessitating the download of the Opera browser for access.

It is completely free and, unlike ChatGPT, it is connected to the internet, so it can provide updated information.

6. Chatsonic

Chatsonic is free for the initial 10,000 words per month. Beyond this limit, users can opt for paid packages to continue utilizing the service.

Although it can be used like ChatGPT, it is more focused on research, marketing, and journalism searches. It also operates using the GPT language model and can generate images, among other functionalities.

7. Jasper

Jasper is an Artificial Intelligence chat developed especially for content creators and marketing teams. Like Chatsonic, it offers a limited free version and then paid packages with more functionalities.

One notable distinction from other chatbots is its emphasis on SEO functionalities. Chatsonic stands out as a valuable tool for marketing professionals due to its specialized focus on marketing team organization and advertising campaign management.

8. CharacterAI

CharacterAI presents a unique approach among the listed chatbots. It offers a platform with conversational chats embody various personalities or specialties, and users can select the persona that aligns best with their needs. This concept is reminiscent of the "Friends of LuzIA" feature previously described.

CharacterAI offers you different "characters," and you can choose whichever you want and start a conversation with them. For example, you can start a chat with Socrates, Napoleon, Einstein, and Shakespeare, among others. But you can also choose profiles like "Programmer," "Psychologist," or "Novel-writing AI" specifically designed to help you with everything related to this topic, even when writing your own novels.

In an innovative twist, users of CharacterAI have the ability to craft new characters, thereby enhancing the available options. To use this feature, you have to register but, as of now, registrations are open for anyone interested. Signing up also grants you access to unlimited messaging capabilities.

While all responses are fictional, the platform strives to imbue real characters with authentic responses.

9. YouChat

YouChat serves as the conversational interface of the You search engine, leveraging the GPT language model. It functions as both a conversational agent and a search engine, providing users with the ability to engage in dialogue while retrieving search results. For a comprehensive view of search outcomes, users can access the "All" option located at the top of the screen.

Like Gemini and Copilot, it also shows its sources and offers related questions as suggestions.

Another interesting aspect is that it can be integrated with platforms like Wikipedia and Reddit.

10. Elicit

One of the main drawbacks of ChatGPT (and many chats on this list) is that the responses they offer are not always accurate. Elicit is one of the alternatives to ChatGPT that aims to fix that, as it was developed to offer intelligent responses based on validated articles, verified sites, and papers. That's why it is focused on research, specifically on automating tasks for professionals. It is also able to summarize articles and synthesize information.

11. Socratic

Here's another unique alternative to ChatGPT, specifically tailored for the educational realm. It specializes in tackling academic challenges, from solving mathematical equations to addressing various subject-related queries. This makes it an invaluable resource for students across different educational levels. However, it's also suitable for professionals and individuals seeking assistance on diverse topics. The best part? It's entirely free and offers responses in both textual and visual formats, enhancing its versatility and usability.

12. PerplexyAI

We conclude this list of alternatives to ChatGPT with PerplexyAI, a unique fusion of a conversational interface and a search engine powered by Artificial Intelligence. While you can engage in dialogue with it, you also receive search results akin to a traditional search engine.

What sets PerplexyAI apart is its customizable approach to responses. Before initiating a query, users can specify the preferred response style and even attach images or documents to refine the search process.

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