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The Top 10 ChatGPT Alternatives You Can Try Today

This article provides a list of ChatGPT alternatives that will boost your productivity
Updated Jun 2024  · 18 min read

Since its public launch in late 2022, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. Developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT is an advanced AI conversational agent with the ability to understand and generate human-like text. With an endless range of applications, it’s not surprising that ChatGPT is already the fastest-growing web application ever, reaching 100 million users in just two months.

If you want to know more about the potential of ChatGPT for data science, we have prepared a tutorial on using ChatGPT for data science projects. Equally, if you want to get your hands dirty on all types of use-cases, we highly recommend you check our Introduction to ChatGPT course.

ChatGPT is the most prominent and most successful generative AI tool. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Many next-generation AI tools are fuelling the current AI revolution. And as we will show below, there are good reasons to consider them as an alternative to ChatGPT.

This article provides a select list of some of the best 10 ChatGPT alternatives. Expanding from our previous post on the Generative AI Tool Landscape, we will focus on ChatGPT alternatives that can help you with a wide range of tasks. Also, if you are interested in open-source alternatives to the GPT API, check out our 12 GPT-4 Open-Source Alternatives. Let’s start!

Why Use ChatGPT Alternatives?

While the merits of ChatGPT are indisputable, there are still compelling reasons to include other generative AI systems in your toolbox:

  • Accuracy of ChatGPT. Despite its astounding performance in a wide range of use cases, ChatGPT is not bulletproof. Like any other large language model (LLM), the accuracy of ChatGPT relies on its training data. If the information used to train ChatGPT is inaccurate, updated, or biased, this can lead to inconsistencies in the responses or generation of text.
  • Lack of real-time data. ChatGPT cannot access the internet. This means that it cannot provide real-time information, such as breaking news or today’s weather. This is because ChatGPT is a language processing model, not a search engine.
  • Limited domain-specific information. ChatGPT has been trained in a huge corpus of text from different internet sources. Despite its vast reservoir of information, ChatGPT struggles when dealing with specific, niche topics, making it rather useless in these scenarios.
  • Data security. Because ChatGPT has been trained with indiscriminate data sources, it may contain personal and sensitive data that can be released with prompt injections, leading to data breaches and privacy violations.
  • Availability. Handling requests from millions of users at the same time can put ChatGPT over capacity, leading to slow performance or even collapse, as already reported in the past.
  • Budget. ChatGPT comes with a free version. If you want to leverage all the power of ChatGPT, OpenAI also offers a premium version called ChatGPT Plus. However, for many businesses, the premium version may be too costly.
  • User experience. ChatGPT is famous for its chat interface. However for certain tasks, like coding, copying and pasting chat interface outputs is not ideal for the coding workflow.

The Top 10 ChatGPT Alternatives You Can Use Today

In this section, you can find our curated list of the top 10 ChatGPT alternatives. Each AI tool is accompanied by a brief description and its pros and cons. At the end of this section, you can find a summary table.

1. Microsoft Copilot

ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI with funding and support from Microsoft. Following the successful launch of the tool, Microsoft took a significant step in the AI revolution by integrating ChatGPT’s capabilities into its AI companion, Microsoft Copilot.

Microsoft Copilot, previously referred to as Bing, is now an AI companion powered by GPT-4, a next-generation LLM that is considered more advanced than its predecessor GPT-3.5, which powered ChatGPT. It also integrates a text-to-image LLM. This allows Copilot to embrace multimodality, meaning it can answer users’ questions with text and images.

One of the features of Copilot AI is multimodality. Source: Microsoft

Designed as an interactive chat experience, the key benefit of Copilot is its ability to provide up-to-date results with cited sources to ensure credibility. Also, Copilot is available for free. However, there is a limited number of prompts you can make in a session, and sometimes you can encounter slow speed. Also, as with any other LLM, Copilot can sometimes provide inaccurate and biased results.

2. Google Gemini (Formerly Known as Google Bard)

Perhaps the main competitor to ChatGPT is Google Gemin, a suite of advanced AI models by Google DeepMind, designed to handle both text and images, integrating a memory system and APIs for real-time data access. It is versatile, supporting applications that require complex AI capabilities, such as conversational agents and multimodal tasks.

We've already looked at a comparison of Gemini's previous iteration, Bard, and ChatGPT.  You can also check out our article on the potential of Bard for data science projects.

3. Claude 3

Developed by Anthropic, Claude 3 is a next-generation AI assistant carefully designed following Constitutional AI principles to ensure it only provides helpful, honest, and harmless answers.

The Claude 3 model family includes three state-of-the-art models: Claude 3 Haiku, Claude 3 Sonnet, and Claude 3 Opus1. Each successive model offers increasingly powerful performance, allowing users to select the optimal balance of intelligence, speed, and cost for their specific application1. These models can power real-time customer chats, auto-completions, and data extraction tasks.

Claude 3 can be used to create downstream applications through its API1. The Claude 3 API is now generally available in 159 countries. 

4. Perplexity

Using the OpenAI API, Perplexity AI is an excellent alternative to ChatGPT. Designed following a minimalist interface, Perplexity offers a great conversational experience. You don’t even have to create an account to use its free version, which is powered by Claude 3 Haiku. A 'Pro' version offers access to GPT-4 and various other abilities.

Perplexity is essentially an AI-powered search engine and conversational assistant that provides direct answers to queries by summarizing and citing relevant information from the web. Furthermore, Perplexity is conceived to address the authenticity and copyright problems of ChatGPT, providing source cites in all its answers. Check, for example, its reply when we ask what Datacamp is.

Source. Perplexity AI

Finally, Perplexity also comes with a Pro version powered by GPT-4. The premium subscriptions include Copilot, an interactive search assistant that asks you clarifying questions to guide the AI search process and find the best answer for you.

5. ChatSonic

Branded as a conversational AI that addressed the limitations of ChatGPT, ChatSonic is a solid alternative for those interested in content creation and creative tasks.

The latest version of ChatSonic is powered by GPT-4 and Google Search, which can give you up-to-date information. It also offers multimodal replies and customized answers based on avatars.

ChatSonic allows multimodality and customized answers based on avatars. Source. ChatSonic

ChatSonic allows multimodality and customized answers based on avatars. Source. ChatSonic

However, contrary to ChatGPT, the interface can be a bit complex and saturated. Also, the conversation can be slow, and ChatSonic can lose focus on an exchange after several prompts.

The tool brands itself as a free alternative to ChatGPT. While there is a free version, it is quite limited, with only 10.000 words per month. If you want to leverage its full potential, you have to pay for a subscription.

6. Poe

ChatGPT, Bing, or Bard are great tools, but each has strengths and weaknesses. Wouldn’t it be great to have all these chatbots in the same place, so you can seamlessly switch between them? That’s the idea behind Poe.

Developed by Quora, Poe uses state-of-the-art models like GPT-3.5-Turbo, GPT-4, Claude +, LlaMA 2, PaLM, and many other large language models (LLMs). Further, it allows you to create personalized chatbots using initial prompts.

Poe is fast, easy to use, and provides accurate answers based on prompts that can be passed through different chatbots as if you were sending the same message to different friends on WhatsApp.

Poe’s mobile app looks like a standard messaging app. Source: Quora

Poe’s mobile app looks like a standard messaging app. Source: Quora

Although Poe includes a free version, you have to purchase the premium version to use all the available AI models without limit.

7. Pi

Designed by Inflection AI, Pi is a personal AI assistant designed to be supportive, smart, and always available. Pi stands for “personal intelligence” and has been designed to orient its behavior toward users' unique interests.

Source: Inflection

Source: Inflection

In many ways, Pi is one of the most innovative alternatives to ChatGPT. First, it’s clearly oriented to smartphones. It’s available on several popular platforms, including WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram, and has its own iOS app. It is also available through its website. Second, you can speak to Pi instead of just chatting using one of its charming and comforting voices.

However, Pi is still nascent in development. It can suffer hallucinations and may not be capable of answering complex questions. It also struggles with languages other than English. Moreover, for now, it doesn’t yet know about events after November 2022. Finally, Pi is currently only available for Apple, so Android users must wait.

8. Amazon CodeWhisperer

Another tool in the realm of AI coding assistants like GitHub Copilot is Amazon CodeWhisperer. Trained with a vast corpus of open-source code and code hosted in Amazon servers, CodeWhisperer helps developers with coding recommendations, security checks, and much more.

As an Amazon product, CodeWhisper is particularly well-suited for developers working with Amazon services, although it can also be used in popular integrated development environments IDEs), like JupyterLab, VS Code, and PyCharm, and performs remarkably well with Python, Java, and JavaScript. Another great point is that CodeWhisperer can be used for free by developers across the world.

Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that CodeWhisperer provides source citations for generated code suggestions, which is great for providing attribution and enhancing security.

Amazon CodeWhisperer provides references when making code suggestions. Source: Amazon

Amazon CodeWhisperer provides references when making code suggestions. Source: Amazon

By contrast, compared to GitHub Copilot, Amazon CodeWhisperer supports a narrower range of programming languages and has limited integration options.

9. Jasper AI

If you are working in marketing, SEO, or any related field, Jasper AI is one of the best options. Designed by Jasper, an on-brand AI platform for businesses, Jasper AI is a conversational AI chatbot that can help you in a wide variety of content creation tasks, such as writing blog articles, brainstorming title ideas, editing emails to adopt a certain tone, or writing love letters.

Powered by a mix of the best-in-class LLMs, including OpenAI's GPT-4, Claude, and Google's models, Jasper AI is capable of learning and adapting to your voice in order to keep the tone of your brand consistent. It’s a highly efficient assistant that can help you write complete pieces in a matter of seconds, thanks to its high-quality templates designed for over 50 different use cases. Another great point of Jasper AI is that it’s been trained in more than 30 languages, thereby allowing you to launch marketing campaigns in multiple countries.

Source: Jasper AI

Source: Jasper AI

While Jasper AI is a great tool for content creation, it can struggle with more technical questions. Also, users have reported that the generated replies can sometimes be generic and repetitive and always requires fact-checking. Finally, and unfortunately, there isn’t a free version of Jasper, which comes with several plans starting at $39/month.

10. DataLab

Last but not least, let’s talk about the DataLab AI assistant. We have recently introduced an AI coding assistant in our data science notebook, DataLab. Designed with data democratization in mind, DataLab initially gained traction among learners building portfolios for their data science careers. It became a valuable tool for team collaboration and organizational learning across various industries as it evolved.

With the new AI Assistant, DataLab aims to make data science even more accessible and productive for data practitioners. This includes the "Fix Error" button, which not only corrects code errors but also explains them, making it the perfect tool in learning environments. The “Generate Code” feature allows you to generate code based on natural language queries and answer key questions about a dataset. Additionally, the AI Assistant provides intelligent suggestions based on existing code and context, making code writing smarter and more efficient.

How DataCamp Workspace AI Assistant works. Source: DataCamp

How the DataLab AI Assistant works. Source: DataCamp

Available on free and paid DataLab plans, the AI Assistant promises a more seamless integration into the tooling stack of modern data scientists, empowering anyone working with data to make informed decisions. You can try it out here!

ChatGPT Alternatives Overview

Here is a table with a summary of the best 10 ChatGPT Alternatives:

Name

Created by

Main Function

Pros

Cons

Bing AI

OpenAI and Microsoft

AI-based search engine

  • Powered by GPT-4,
  • Up-to-date information,
  • Free
  • Multimodality
  • It may throw inaccurate results
  • Limited number of prompts per session

Google Bard

Google

AI-based search engine

  • Powered by PaLM 2 model
  • Up-to-date information
  • Good for coding tasks.
  • Free
  • It delivers only a fraction of its potential
  • Overall, lower performance compared with ChatGPT

Claude

Anthropic

AI chatbot designed to be helpful, honest, and harmless

  • High performance in multiple domains
  • Trained in AI ethics values
  • No free version
  • Cannot provide up-to-date replies

Perplexity

Perplexity AI

Open-source LLM for AI research

  • Provide sources and references
  • Excels in a wide variety of tasks
  • Minimalist interface
  • Free version
  • Copilot mode for premium users
  • It may provide inconsistent responses
  • Limited problem-solving capabilities
  • It may mix up information from different sources

ChatSonic

WriteSonic

Conversational AI chatbot built to address the limitations of ChatGPT

  • Powered by GPT4
  • Multimodality
  • Customized replies
  • Free version
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  • Premium plan for advanced use
  • Confusing Interface
  • Slow speed

Poe

Quora

Universal chatbot combining several LLMs

  • An all-in-one app for popular AI tools
  • Fast performance
  • Change between chatbots with one click
  • Free version with limited capabilities
  • Costly premium version

Pi

Inflection

Personal AI assistant

  • Smartphone-oriented
  • Talking capabilities
  • Adaptable behavior based on users
  • Difficulties to answer complex questions
  • May experience hallucinations
  • Not available for Android

Amazon CodeWhisperer

Amazon

AI coding assistant

  • High performance in popular programming languages
  • Provide code references and licenses
  • Free
  • Lower performance with less popular programming languages
  • Trained with code of only a few programming languages

Jasper

Jasper

AI writer and AI marketing co-pilot

  • Ideal for content creators and marketers
  • +50 Ready-to-use templates
  • Trained on +30 languages
  • No free plan
  • Struggles with technical questions
  • Sometimes its replies are generic and repetitive
  • Requires fact-checking

DataLab

DataCamp

AI coding assistant

  • Easy to use
  • Ideal for data practitioners
  • Applicable to all data science programming languages
  • Available on free tier
  • Like all large language models, may experience hallucinations

Choosing the Best ChatGPT Alternative

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best 10 AI ChatGPT alternatives. The AI industry is booming, and new generative AI models are reaching the market daily.

We’re living in exciting times, but with such an increasing catalog of options, it can be difficult to decide which one to go for. As we explained, each model comes with strengths and limitations. Trying them and reading users’ reviews is the best way to understand better what is more suitable for your needs and your pocket.

At DataCamp, we are doing our best to provide you with relevant courses, tutorials, and other materials to help you navigate the AI revolution. Check out our resources and start your journey today to become a next-generation data practitioner:


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should I consider ChatGPT alternatives?

ChatGPT is only one of the many generative AI tools. Despite its popularity, it comes with limitations and weaknesses. Depending on your needs and budget, other options may be more suitable.

Is ChatGPT the best generative AI tool?

It depends on what you are looking for. ChatGPT is not bulletproof and has room for improvement. Depending on the use case, other tools may work better for you.

Is ChatGPT free?

Yes, although for state-of-the-art versions (GPT-3.5-Turbo and GPT-4), you have to pay a subscription.

What AI tool could help me complete coding tasks?

Popular AI coding assistants like DataCamp Workspace AI Assistant or Amazon CodeWhisperer are worth considering.

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