ChatGPT vs Pi: Pros and Cons

ChatGPT has held the throne for king of the large language models since GPT3’s public release in late 2022.

It was only a matter of time before another natural language processing tool came along to compete for the title… Google tried with Bard, Microsoft tried with Bing chat, and Anthropic are trying with Claude.

Now it’s Infelction’s turn to try and stand tall against the GPT4 giant with their very own chatbot, Pi. And with their recent 1.3 billion dollar capital raise, investors are betting on Pi to win.

In this article, we’ll compare ChatGPT and Pi and see which is the better chatbot and why.

ChatGPT vs Pi

Is Pi better than ChatGPT? Here’s the TLDR; ChatGPT still wears the Chatbot crown BUT, Pi is very impressive and I’ll certainly be using it alongside ChatGPT.

What is ChatGPT?

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Even though it launched over a year ago, many people are still unfamiliar with ChatGPT and how it works. ChatGPT is a Large Language Model (LLM) developed by OpenAI. ChatGPT is highly capable and can generate realistic responses that are coherent and realistic. Alongside general conversation, ChatGPT is highly capable of generating code, formatting information into tables, problem-solving, and much more.

What is Pi?

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PI (Personal Intelligence) is an LLM developed by Inflection. Pi, your personal AI, is a conversational chatbot that aims to be a coach, confidante, creative partner, sounding board, and assistant. Pi is a great AI to sit down and have a chat with.

A Direct Comparison of ChatGPT 4 and Pi

Output QualityDelivers hi quality long-form answers that often resemble intelligent human responses. Limited ability in discussing recent events.Good at engaging and conversational outputs with shorter length, but better performance on recent events.
User InterfaceFeatures a straightforward interface with options to start fresh chats, generate code snippets, and create tables.Offers a basic but aesthetic text-only interface, lacking features for table and code box generation.
SpeedFastAlso fast
CreativityProvides controllable creative outputs, tailoring the tone of the text based on user prompts.Demonstrates creativity but tends to maintain a conversational tone, regardless of instruction.
CodingProves superior with multi-language code generation, troubleshooting, and programming concept explanation.Has limited ability to code only in Python and lacks the capability to provide code snippets.
EthicsFaces criticism over user data usage for training, resulting in legal action.Uses publicly available and proprietary data sources, learning from ChatGPT’s ethical dilemmas to avoid potential legal issues.
PricingCharges a monthly fee of $20 for GPT4 while GPT3.5 is available for free.Currently free, with the potential for a future paid subscription or advertisement model.

1. Output Quality

ChatGPT: ChatGPT outputs high-quality information that is accurate in most cases. The default output is professional and most often indistinguishable from an intelligent human.

ChatGPT can output long-form answers up to ~300 words or so, and accept long-form prompts from the user in the range of thousands of words.

PI: Pi is a much more conversational and curious chatbot and will often ask questions and lead the conversation. The output of Pi is more ‘memeish’, often using emojis and trying to tell jokes. That’s not to say you can’t have a serious conversation with Pi.

Pi’s output is no longer than two short paragraphs and user input is limited to 1000 characters – much shorter than ChatGPT. Pi is also much stronger than ChatGPT when asked about recent events, even with Bing integrated into GPT, Pi seems to do a better job here.

Experiences with Pi is a cool feature that allows you to talk through things with the AI like getting help to feel calm, planning something, or preparing for an important conversation.

Experiences with pi allows the user to talk through things with the chatbot like getting help with feeling calm, playing a game, and getting help with motivation

One thing I’ve noticed about Pi is that when you ask to do something it can’t do, it will just start asking you questions on an infinite loop. Pi never says “I can’t do that”… it kinda just leads you along like it can.

2. User Interface

ChatGPT: The famous ChatGPT GUI (Graphical User Interface) is straightforward to use. You can start a brand new ‘fresh’ conversation and delete old chats. The ChatGPT interface allows for separate code snippets and tables to be generated in the output.

PI: Pi has an aesthetic user interface with basic functionality. Currently, Pi is text-only and can’t generate tables and separate code boxes.

3. Speed

Both ChatGPT and Pi generate responses at a similar rate which is fast enough to not be a problem and allows the conversation to flow at a nice pace.

Sometimes PI can take a few seconds while it’s ‘thinking’ about what to say. And sometimes ChatGPT bugs out completely and requires you to regenerate the response. Both are very minor issues overall.

Side note: If you’re having serious trouble with ChatGPT generating any output, try disconnecting your VPN. I was using NordVPN and noticed the threat protection feature was stopping me from using GPT – I simply disabled this feature and GPT worked fine again.

4. Creativity

Both chatbots are on point here and are both able to generate stories or scripts or have a hypothetical conversation. If you were using one of these tools for a creative endeavor the only limiting factor would be the output length of Pi.

ChatGPT’s output is able to be controlled a lot better. For example, if you ask ChatGPT to speak in a concise and serious manner it will, whereas I have found Pi likes to revert to a conversational tone.

5. Coding

ChatGPT: ChatGPT is renowned for its coding capabilities and is able to write and understand a variety of programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, and Java. ChatGPT can provide code snippets, troubleshoot, and explain programming concepts.

Example of a code snippet from GPT4 showing code that calculates and prints the Fibonacci series up to a certain number

PI: Currently, Pi can only code in Python, and doesn’t provide code snippets. I asked Pi to write some C code and after saying it could, got stuck in a weird loop of telling jokes and emojis.

ChatGPT is a clear winner when it comes to writing computer code.

6. Ethics

ChatGPT: OpenAI has come under fire for ‘stealing’ user data to train its large language models. There’s even a class action lawsuit being filed against OpenAI on the matter.

PI: According to the Inflection website, Pi is taught using publicly available web data, as well as their own proprietary sources of data. Learning from OpenAI’s mistakes it looks like Inflection is trying to avoid any possible lawsuits in this area.

7. Pricing

ChatGPT: GPT4 is $20 per month and GPT3.5 is free.

Pi: Pi is currently free with the Inflection website stating “Today, Pi is free to use. We have not made any decisions about how we may charge for the product in the future.” Whether Inflection decides to use a paid subscription or paid ads model is yet to be determined.

So Which Is Better?

ChatGPT and Pi are two powerful AI language models with their own strengths and weaknesses. Overall, ChatGPT emerges as the more robust and versatile model, excelling in areas such as output quality, coding capabilities, and user interface. However, Pi holds its own in creativity and stays up-to-date with recent events.

ChatGPT Score: 4.5/5

ChatGPT Pros:

  • High-quality, professional, and accurate outputs
  • Excellent coding capabilities across multiple programming languages
  • Longer output length and accepts longer prompts
  • Separate code snippets and tables in the output
  • Straightforward and feature-rich user interface

ChatGPT Cons:

  • Potential ethical concerns around data usage
  • Paid subscription model for the latest version (GPT-4)

Pi Score: 3.5/5

Pi Pros:

  • More conversational and engaging tone, often using emojis and jokes
  • Strong performance in handling recent events
  • Unique features like “Experiences” for guided conversations
  • Currently free to use

Pi Cons:

  • Limited output length and prompt length
  • No separate code snippets or tables in the output
  • Limited coding capabilities (only Python)
  • Tendency to go in loops when asked to perform tasks it cannot do
  • User interface is more basic and text-only

While ChatGPT emerges as the more well-rounded and capable model, Pi’s unique strengths, such as its conversational style and handling of recent events, make it a compelling alternative, especially given its current free pricing. However, for tasks requiring extensive coding or long-form output, ChatGPT remains the superior choice.


Who Should Use a Chatbot?

Chatbots have such a wide range of capabilities they can be used by literally anyone. Whether you’re looking to hack your productivity, generate code, or just have a conversation, these tools are accessible to everyone.

Who Created Pi AI?

Pi AI was created by Infelction – specifically Mustafa Suleyman, former co-founder of DeepMind.

What Is The Best Chatbot?

The general consensus in the ChatGPT (GPT4) is the best chatbot. In this article, we learned that PI is an upcoming chatbot worth keeping an eye on.

Which AI Is Better Than ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is the best all-round large language model chatbot. Pi is a great conversational chatbot you can use to get advice or talk about your day. They both have their unique quirks.

How Much Does Pi AI Cost?

The Pi chatbot is free for now, but Inflection plans to either charge a subscription model or have paid advertisements in the future.

How Much Does ChatGPT Cost?

ChatGPT GPT4 is $20 per month paid monthly and GPT3.5 is free for unlimited use.

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