Will ChatGPT Search Engine Kill Google?// Stay Ahead #23

Another insane edition: ChatGPT search engine, turn your idea into an AI tool, and Google is sued for its illegal monopoly.
Evelyn Le
Evelyn Le
Strategic Product Lead, Stay Ahead, FlexOS
With a rich background in communication research and analysis, Evelyn guides readers with expertise, offering innovative advice in the digital work.
May 7, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #23 from FlexOS!

Every Tuesday, we share the latest tools and tips to help you work smarter, not harder. 

In this week’s edition:

  1. News of the Week: Would the launch of ChatGPT search end Google’s monopoly? 
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity and mental health.
  3. Must-read News: xAI, Elon Musk’s OpenAI rival, is closing on $6B in funding
  4. Job Board: Future-forward remote roles. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

ChatGPT’s New Search Engine: From Google to AI search

A Reddit user found that the domain “search.chatgpt.com” has been created but is not live yet. This stirs a rumor that ChatGPT is launching a new search engine that could be a direct competitor to Google. 

A photo says "OpenAi starting an open war with the king Google?"

Regardless of the validity of this rumor (we might find out after May 10), there is an emerging trend you should know because it will significantly influence how you work. 

Google has formed the way we search for the last 26 years. 

Its legacy has had no rival. Until the arrival of TikTok and AI. 

The way people search has been more diverse. According to Adobe Express’ report, every 2 in 5 Americans use TikTok as a search engine, and 1 in 10 Gen Z users prefer TikTok to Google for searching. 

Moreover, 1 in 10 consumers turn to ChatGPT to search for information. Besides ChatGPT, rising search platforms such as Perplexity, Copilot, and You.com are spicing up Google’s monopoly in search engines. 

The shift in behavior stems from an insight that people want to search for answers, not links. Searching on social media and AI chatbots can give them just that. 

Google Search Lab.

Google and Microsoft are aware of this trend. It led to the integration of Copilot in Bing search and Google's experiment with Search Labs, which has yet to be available globally.

This transition has two implications for you. First, AI-powered search engines such as Perplexity and Copilot can be a game-changer for your daily tasks. Second, if your work relates to SEO, the question will soon become, “How well can AI read your webpage?” on top of Google's search engine. 

Read more news at the end.


Best HRIS Software in 2024 to Boost Employee Experience

Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) is at the heart of each successful business, though not always the most fascinating part. 


There are tools to automate and make this work easier. 

This unbiased review will show you the best all-in-one HRIS software in 2024 to automate manual HR work, keep all employee data in one place, and improve efficiency and compliance. 

Explore the best HRIS software now. 

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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Archie - Turn your idea into an actional AI-driven tool.
  • Freedom - An easy way to block all online distractions and focus on your work. 
  • Joblin - A free alternative to Evernote that also supports markdown. 
  • Pocket - Quickly save an article or a page to read later. 
  • Coggle - Document your thoughts in a mindmap that quickly connects your ideas. 

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  • Morning Brew—Quick and insightful updates about the business world every day of the week from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.
  • Innovating with AI—Courses, community, and coaching on AI.

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In the News 

Every week, we pick must-read articles about the future of work so you can stay ahead. 

Sam Altman calls GPT-4 “the dumbest model”

He called ChatGPT “mildly embarrassing at best” and stated that GPT-4 is “the dumbest model that any of you will ever have to use again by a lot.”

Google, Justice Department make final arguments about whether search engine is a monopoly

Justice Department lawyers argued that Google has been conducting an illegal monopoly by locking out competition. 

Microsoft bans US police departments from using enterprise AI tool for facial recognition

Microsoft has revised its Azure OpenAI Service policy to prohibit American law enforcement agencies from utilizing the platform for facial recognition applications.

Your Career Doesn’t Need to Have a Purpose

Stephen Friedman, an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Studies, suggested that not all careers need a purpose. 

We Got Remote Work All Wrong: Insights from “Running Remote 2024”

Running Remote 2024 challenged traditional views on remote work. The future of work is flexible, distributed, and human-centered.

Jobs to Level Up

We want you to thrive at work, and do it from wherever you want. Here are the this week’s  remote and hybrid jobs that caught our attention:

Trending Jobs:

  1. Pinterest: Staff Product Manager, Trust & Safety Generalist
  2. Circle: Senior Software Engineer, AI platform
  3. Revolut: Marketing Manager - CEE

More Exciting Opportunities:

Need more options? Remote, Jobgether, WeWorkRemotely, and FlexJobs are great places to get vetted remote-friendly roles.

Also, check out our guide on “How to Get a Remote Job Today.”

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We’re here for you, truly.

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