While Google remains the world’s most popular search engine, the arrival of generative artificial intelligence has opened the door to some intriguing rivals. If you’re looking for a specific answer to a question rather than a list of links, generative AI can be preferable to run-of-the-mill search engines. We’ve discussed some of those alternatives in the past, but below, we’ve rounded up three AI-powered search engines you should try out.

1. Perplexity AI

Perplexity's widget on an Android phone.
Perplexity’s widget on an Android phone. Image source: Perplexity AI

One of the most impressive AI search engines currently available is Perplexity. We have written extensively about Perplexity in the past, and as my colleague Andy Meek wrote back in January, it is “respectful of both the users it serves and the content it surfaces.”

First and foremost, Perplexity is easy to use. When you visit the website, you will see a mostly blank page with a search box in the center. Click on the search box, and a selection of notable, newsworthy topics will pop up as suggestions. Choose one of the suggestions or type in your own question and click the arrow button to ask the chatbot a question.

Perplexity will then provide an answer alongside a list of sources it used, related searches, and any relevant maps, pictures, and videos on the right side of the page.


You can also create an account to save your threads and you can upgrade to Perplexity Pro for access to more powerful AI models, image generation, and more detailed answers.

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