Free access to AIs from DuckDuckGo, anonymous Free access to AIs from DuckDuckGo, anonymous

Artificial intelligence has been evolving in research, industrial, and military domains quite rapidly, improving performance and supporting breakthroughs that, without its calculating capabilities, would have taken years to achieve. The most astounding example is, arguably, the discovery of 2.2 million new crystals by Graph Networks for Materials Exploration (GNoME), an AI that predicts stability of combinations blazingly fast, thus saving hundreds of years (this is not an exaggeration) of manual research and trial. Regular users, bombarded by the news about AIs, seem to catch on, too. 

There are, however, privacy concerns in this matter: developers of large language models often opt to use interactions of users therewith as training material. For most of us, this is not really a problem, especially when the access to an AI is free, and for those who are not ok with that, DuckDuckGo has recently launched a service that anonymizes communication with the models.

DuckDuckGo AI chats

The new feature’s landing page, the snap of which is the title image of this post, claims that users can harness the power of GPT-3.5, Claude 3, Llama 3, and Mixtral. There are literally no strings attached:

  • the conversations are anonymous and private,
  • you don’t need to install anything, your browser is more than enough,
  • there’s a daily limit of queries, but DuckDuckGo is looking into introducing a paid plan that’ll remedy this handicap. 

DuckDuckGo AI chats are available at duck.ai, duckduckgo.com/chat, can be browsed to from the DuckDuckGo search engine results page, and summoned using !ai and !chat bang shortcuts (you know those if you’re using their search).

So, if privacy is a big deal for you, this is a very valid option.

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