Top 5 AI Chatbots of 2024

Maxwell Timothy

Maxwell Timothy

on Jan 29, 2024

11 min read

Chatbots powered by artificial intelligence are exploding in popularity lately, offering the promise of automated assistants that can understand natural language, hold engaging conversations, and complete useful tasks for us. With tech giants all racing to release their own AI chatbots, it can be hard to make sense of which ones stand out from the pack.

We take a close look at some of the most capable AI chatbots available today, focusing on what makes each one unique. There are certainly some clear frontrunners that demonstrate extremely impressive language and reasoning abilities. But there are also some underdogs carving out their own niche with distinctive capabilities. Here are the five AI chatbots we think will be the most important to watch in 2024.

1. ChatGPT

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When it comes to AI-powered chatbots, OpenAI's ChatGPT is undoubtedly one of the very best. It is not just the most popular consumer-facing AI chatbot but also the most powerful by far, in a lot of metrics. Powered by the revolutionary GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 AI language models, ChatGPT is much more capable than any other commercially available AI chatbots you can get your hands on.

While its edge over other AI chatbots is mostly attributed to the power of its underlying AI models, ChatGPT's long list of add-ons and features also helps make it one of the most demanded. The chatbot comes with features like Custom GPTs to help you extend the chatbot's knowledge base with your data, Custom Instructions for setting persistent conversation rules, DALL-E image generation as well as a host of other handy features.

Why ChatGPT Stands Out Among AI Chatbots

  • Advanced Mathematical and Analytical Abilities
    ChatGPT demonstrates exceptional capabilities in math, logic, and analysis that surpass other chatbots. Its strong reasoning skills allow it to solve complex problems.
  • Top-Tier Code Generation
    Code generation is one of the most popular use cases for AI chatbots and ChatGPT is quite adept at it. It is significantly ahead of the pack and even outdoes most specialized code-generation chatbots. It can generate high-quality code in multiple programming languages.
  • Built-in Image Generation
    ChatGPT is the only major AI chatbot that has image generation abilities built in. It uniquely integrates the DALL-E image generation model, enabling it to create striking visuals on demand that rival specialized AI art tools.
  • lots of Useful Features
    From ChatGPT plugins to Custom Instructions and Custom GPT, ChatGPT has much more useful features than any other AI chatbot.
  • Cost-Effective Pricing
    A full suite of ChatGPT’s features can be accessed for just $20 per month, making it one of the most affordable and value-packed options.

2. Claude AI

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While not as popular as ChatGPT, Anthropic's safety-focused Claude AI is among the most advanced AI chatbots you can get in 2024. Powered by the aptly named Claude AI large language model, it has one the largest context windows of any AI chatbot, meaning it can, at least theoretically, work with more data while solving a problem. Although it has impressive programming abilities, it is not entirely on par with that of OpenAI's ChatGPT.

What Claude AI does impressively and better than most chatbots is producing creative content. Whether you're writing an article, trying to draft an email, or even a LinkedIn post, Claude AI is one of your best bets in producing creative content that reads just as a human would write. Although it doesn't have as many supporting features as ChatGPT, the Claude AI chatbot is considerably sufficient for solving a wide range of real-world problems. Another standout feature of the Claude AI chatbot is its strict approach to enforcing ethical principles when generating results. Although it is not getting as much attention as the likes of ChatGPT, Claude AI is up there among the top AI chatbots of 2024.

Why Claude Stands Out Among AI Chatbots

  • Massive Context Window
    Claude AI can reference text context as large as a 150,000-word e-book or 500 pages of text, allowing more nuanced and contextual responses.
  • Creative Writing Prowess
    For drafting creative documents like stories, poems, speeches, etc., Claude AI outperforms many chatbots including ChatGPT. It is notably impressive with writing, rewriting, improving, or optimizing text content.
  • Contextual Relevance
    Claude AI stands out for its ability to inject highly relevant contextual details into responses, even when such data wasn’t provided earlier in the conversation.
  • Premium features
    Although Claude AI has a $20 per month premium tier, the free version of the chatbot offers a lot of features that most chatbots only offer in their paid tiers.

3. Microsoft Copilot (Bing Chat)

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Microsoft Copilot is a synergy of Microsoft's proprietary AI technology with the advanced capabilities of OpenAI's GPT AI models. At its core, Copilot can be considered a specialized variant of ChatGPT, but with several significant modifications to align seamlessly with Microsoft's product objectives. The primary driving force behind Copilot is the GPT-4 large language model, an asset that lends it a level of power and sophistication comparable to that of ChatGPT.

What sets Microsoft Copilot apart, however, is its distinct operational approach. While ChatGPT primarily relies on its extensive GPT-based knowledge base, Microsoft Copilot is intricately linked to live internet data. This unique design choice enables Copilot to offer a dual-layered response. So, whenever you ask it a question, Copilot merges real-time internet data with its internal knowledge base to deliver answers. This hybrid approach ensures that the responses provided by Copilot are not only grounded in the vast repository of information contained within the GPT-4 model but are also enriched and updated with the latest data available from the internet. This feature makes Microsoft Copilot particularly adept at handling queries that benefit from the most current information, offering users a comprehensive, up-to-date, and contextually relevant experience.

Why Microsoft Copilot Stands Out Among AI Chatbots

  • Vast Knowledge and great accuracy
    A combination of live internet data and GPT-4 knowledge base makes it one of the most comprehensive and accurate chatbots in the market.
  • Advanced Built-in Features
    Copilot includes capabilities like Plugins, “Copilot GPTs” and DALL-E integration that are only available through paid tiers of other chatbots like ChatGPT.
  • Coding Assistance Prowess
    Copilot excels at providing helpful and explanatory code suggestions, documentation, and step-by-step coding guidance.

4. Google Bard

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Powered by Gemini, one of the most advanced large language models available, Google's Bard chatbot is one of the most sophisticated AI chatbots of 2024. Like Microsoft's Copilot, Bard has a dual-layered response mechanism, merging data from its knowledge base and live internet data to respond to users' queries. Bard's responses emphasize real-world facts and information, making its responses less prone to factual errors or "hallucinations" sometimes seen in other chatbots. The chatbot is well-tethered to other Google products like Gmail, Sheets, Google Flights, YouTube, and Google Docs. This makes it easier to export content you create to those Google products or leverage the AI power of Bard to work with those Google products right inside Bard.

Why Bard Stands Out Among Other AI Chatbots

  • Strong Research Capabilities
    Because of its heavy use of live internet data, and ability to cite sources, Google's Bard is particularly useful for research of different types, something a lot of chatbots struggle with due to heavy reliance on their knowledge base that may sometimes be out of date. 
  • Integration with Google Products
    Tight integration with other Google products allows Bard to easily leverage the power of the broader Google ecosystem.
  • Emphasis on Accuracy
    Google Bard is one of the best options when the accuracy of response is very important. 

5. Perplexity AI

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Unlike most of the chatbots on our list, Perplexity AI works more like a search engine, although that doesn't make it less of a powerful AI chatbot. Unlike ChatGPT or Bard, Perplexity AI isn't powered by a single AI model— users have the option of choosing from a range of large language models including Google's Gemini, OpenAI's GPT-4, and Anthropic's Claude 2.1 models. As long as synthesizing live data into AI model responses goes, Perplexity is one of the best in the role. Because of its search engine approach to generating responses, the results you get from Perplexity typically feature a heavy blend of "what websites on the web are saying about the topic" with a measured volume of information from the knowledge base of whichever AI model you choose to use with it.

While not a full chatbot, Perplexity still delivers a robust AI experience. Its unique hybrid search engine and generative AI approach compensate for some of its limitations. The ability to integrate multiple cutting-edge language models also future-proofs Perplexity as new models continue to be developed. For users who value fresh, web-aware responses, Perplexity AI's search engine-chatbot hybrid approach stands out.

Why Perplexity Stands Out Among Other AI Chatbots

  • Up-to-Date Responses
    By leveraging live internet data, Perplexity provides responses that are very timely and sensitive to current events.
  • Unique Search Engine Approach
    Perplexity employs search engine strategies to generate helpful, fact-based responses, giving it a unique approach.
  • Multiple AI Models Available
    Users can choose between Perplexity's multiple advanced AI language models to select the best one for their specific conversation needs.
  • Feature-rich and Customizable Interface
    Perplexity offers a rich interface with a range of useful features, some of which can be customized to suit personal preferences.

The AI chatbots we've covered offer impressive off-the-shelf capabilities. However, pre-built chatbots are only as customizable as their creators allow. You work with what you get, or try a new chatbot entirely. When it comes to tailoring AI chatbots for your specific needs, most of they top 5 chatbot options fall short. Pre-built chatbots have baked-in limitations–you can't easily customize flows, integrate internal systems, inject your brand personality, or configure the experience you want.

That's where Chatbase shines.

Chatbase provides the tools to build a bespoke chatbot tailored to your unique requirements in minutes. And yes, you don’t have to write a single line of code–press a few buttons and you’re good to go. With Chatbase, you can harness the power of GPT-4, the most advanced conversational AI available, and shape it entirely to your needs. With Chatbase's robust configuration capabilities, you can control the entire AI chatbot experience:

  • Train your chatbot with your own data
  • Define your ideal chatbot personality and dial in the tone you want.
  • Customize topic handling and flows for specific use cases.
  • If necessary, integrate smoothly with your support desk, or other backend systems.
  • Craft conditional logics so your chatbot responds situationally.
  • Give it access to your knowledge bases and data assets.

Go beyond off-the-shelf chatbots and create your perfect automated assistant powered by enterprise-grade AI. Get the exact conversational flows, integrations, responses, and capabilities you need–no compromises. Chatbase provides unmatched control and customization you can leverage to build an AI chatbot that perfectly matches your unique requirements. Make your chatbot uniquely yours.

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