DuckDuckGo launches DuckAssist: privacy-focused AI tool for search query answers

DuckAssist uses Wikipedia and Britannica as its main source of information

DuckDuckGo launches AI-powered DuckAssist

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, recently launched a new feature called DuckAssist, an AI-powered summarizer that provides direct responses to users' queries.[1] Unlike traditional search engines that offer a list of results, DuckAssist uses OpenAI's natural language technology to generate accurate summaries and display them at the top of the search results page.

To avoid the risks of providing incorrect information, DuckAssist sources its data from Wikipedia and Britannica, making it different from other generative AI search assistants that use input from thousands of websites.

DuckDuckGo says that Wikipedia was chosen as the primary data source because it is a reliable organization, and its sources are easily traceable through listed citations. The company also hopes to prevent incorrect information from being used when generating answers.

DuckAssist is fully integrated into DuckDuckGo's private search engine, ensuring the anonymity of users' search queries and browsing history. DuckDuckGo assures its users that no personally identifiable information or IP addresses are ever shared with search content partners such as OpenAI[2] and Anthropic. Furthermore, the feature is currently limited to user queries that its resources can provide straightforward answers for.

It is yet another AI tool that is taking over the world. These big technology companies release new additions to the arsenal of artificial intelligence tools every month, and people fear that this thing might get out of hand. Unfortunately, many of these new inventions and additions to AI make people mad and are not helping anyone, even though the purpose is to assist. However, it is a matter of time, and evolution and opinions might change.

DuckAssist Uses AI to Provide Instant Answers

DuckAssist will gradually roll out to users in the coming weeks, and the company promises that this will be the first of many AI-assisted features it plans to launch in the future. The company expects that using generative AI and Wikipedia will increase the number of Instant Answers it can provide, helping users find information faster than ever.

DuckAssist is a generative AI-powered tool that provides users with natural language responses to their queries. Users of DuckDuckGo's app or browser extension can access the beta version of the feature for free. When it generates an answer, it also links to the Wikipedia or Britannica article from which it pulled its answer.

The new AI tool uses technology from OpenAI and Anthropic to summarize answers and make responses more conversational. If it can summarize information for users, a magic wand icon appears on the results page. The feature won't be part of the entire DuckDuckGo experience right away, but users can expect more AI-enhanced features to arrive in the future.

User Privacy focus

DuckDuckGo acknowledges that DuckAssist is not perfect and will likely make mistakes, particularly when answering complex questions. For this reason, the company invites users to share their feedback anonymously via the link provided under the summaries box.

DuckDuckGo's commitment to user privacy is evident in the fact that the company does not require login to use the feature, and it won't share any of users' personal information with search content partners like OpenAI and Anthropic. Furthermore, AI-powered searches won't be used to train the partners' models, ensuring user privacy and data security.

DuckAssist is an exciting new feature that leverages the power of generative AI and Wikipedia to provide users with direct responses to their queries. Its limited sourcing, user privacy, and gradual rollout demonstrate DuckDuckGo's commitment to user privacy and data security.

With DuckAssist, users can expect to find information faster and more efficiently, making their online search experience more pleasant and convenient, albeit not always accurate. Nonetheless, there is no source of information that is accurate or unbias 100%, and it's an issue that's really hard to tackle in the grand scheme of things.

The CEO of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg, said that this is just the first step into AI-assisted features, and more are still to come:[3]

This is the first in a series of generative AI-assisted features we hope to roll out in the coming months. We wanted DuckAssist to be the first because we think it can immediately help users find answers to what they are looking for faster.

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