Google’s Bard: A New Chatbot to Rival ChatGPT
Google has announced opening its Bard chatbot, a powerful artificial intelligence tool that can answer text-based questions, for public testing. Users in the U.S. and the U.K. can sign up for a waitlist at bard.google.com to access Bard, which Google claims can “boost your productivity, accelerate your ideas and fuel your curiosity”.
Bard is Google’s answer to ChatGPT, a popular chatbot developed by OpenAI, a research organization backed by Microsoft. ChatGPT made headlines last year when it was integrated into Microsoft’s Bing search engine and demonstrated its ability to generate realistic text on various topics.
Bard is based on Google’s AI technology, LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogue Applications, which was trained on text data from across the web. Unlike ChatGPT, which can generate text in any language or format, Bard only produces answers in English.
Google said that Bard also uses Google Search results as an additional layer of training, which means it is less likely to produce inaccurate or contradictory information. However, Google warned users that Bard might make mistakes or “hallucinations” with some answers and advised them to use the “Google it” button underneath each prompt to verify the information.
Google said it is launching Bard as a separate site from its search engine and limiting the number of exchanges in each dialogue to keep interactions helpful and on topic. The company plans to expand Bard’s availability to more countries and languages over time and will use user feedback to improve its AI technology.
Bard’s launch comes amid a surge of interest in generative AI technology, which has been integrated into widely used productivity applications such as Google’s Workspace and Microsoft’s Office 365 software. Generative AI has also been used for creative purposes, such as writing poems, stories and songs.
However, generative AI poses ethical challenges, such as potential misuse for generating fake news or spam messages. Some experts have also raised concerns about the social impact of replacing human writers with machines.
Google said it is committed to developing responsible AI products that respect user privacy and safety. The company follows AI principles and adheres to external standards such as the Partnership on AI guidelines.