My latest AI tool: Perplexity.ai

I liked it so much that I subscribed to the pro version. I recently used it to gather news on the topics I wanted to blog about.

I asked for a roundup of the pros and cons of using Perplexity. below. Well, it did not include a few crucial pieces written recently about it.

A praiseful one: Seth Godin’s Better than Google

and a very critical one: Wired’s Perplexity Is a Bullshit Machine

Still, as a blogger, I have liked it so far. It cites critical websites along with the mainstream ones, and it is fantastic to find out about Turkey’s inflation rate, both officially and unofficially.

The pro version has also a goody. It transforms the answer into a proper page! Check out this one, for instance.

Pros and Cons of Perplexity AI Search Engine

Pros

  • User-Friendly Interface: Perplexity AI offers a conversational interface that makes it easy for users to interact with the search engine and get direct answers to their queries[1][2].
  • Real-Time Information Retrieval: The search engine pulls information from the web in real-time, ensuring that users receive the most up-to-date answers[4][7].
  • Source Citations: Perplexity AI provides citations for the sources it uses to generate answers, allowing users to verify the credibility of the information[7][8].
  • Interactive Features: The Copilot feature enhances the search experience by asking clarifying questions and running multiple searches to provide more accurate and tailored responses[7].
  • Collections: Users can organize their findings and thoughts into collections, making it easier to manage information for different projects or topics[4][5].
  • Versatility: It can be used for various tasks, including casual use, research, and gaining insights into topics from a range of sources[6].
  • Accessibility: Available on web, iOS, Android, and as a browser extension, making it accessible across multiple platforms[6].

Cons

  • Hallucinations: Like other AI models, Perplexity AI can sometimes generate incorrect or misleading information, known as hallucinations[8].
  • Limited Analytical Capabilities: While it excels at providing direct answers, it may struggle with more complex queries that require deep analytical skills or information synthesis [8].
  • Surface-Level Information: For less-known topics or niche research papers, the answers may be based on surface-level information rather than in-depth analysis[5].
  • Dependence on Internet Sources: The quality and reliability of the answers depend heavily on the sources available on the internet, which can vary in credibility[8].
  • Subscription Model: Advanced features such as file uploads and API access require a paid subscription, which might be a limitation for some users[6].

Perplexity AI is a powerful and user-friendly search engine that provides real-time, cited information. However, users should be aware of its limitations, particularly regarding complex queries and the potential for hallucinations.

Citations:
1. ClickUp – Perplexity AI Review
2. LinkedIn – Perplexity AI: Better Than Google Search?
3. Product Hunt – Perplexity AI Reviews
4. Find My AI Tool – Perplexity AI
5. Reddit – Thoughts on Perplexity: The Pros and Cons
6. Tool Finder – Perplexity
7. SoftGist – What is Perplexity AI
8. CNET – Perplexity AI Review: Imagine ChatGPT with an Internet Connection

 

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