Google unveiled Bard, an artificial intelligence chatbot platform that will be made available over the next few weeks. Bard will face off against rival ChatGPT, an OpenAI-developed AI service. Bard, which makes use of its own Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA).
Since ChatGPT’s AI-powered platform had won over users from all over the world, Google management referred to it as “code red.” In a blog post, Google stated that it is releasing Bard to “trusted testers” before making it generally accessible to the public in the upcoming weeks. Contrarily, ChatGPT has more than 100 million users after only two months of operation.
“Soon, you’ll see AI-powered features in Search that distill complex information and multiple perspectives into easy-to-digest formats, so you can quickly understand the big picture and learn more from the web: whether that’s seeking out additional perspectives, like blogs from people who play both piano and guitar, or going deeper on a related topic, like steps to get started as a beginner,” wrote CEO Sundar Pichai.
The company gave an example used Bard to explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old as an example of how it can be used to simplify complex topics.
The product trials follow a recent all-hands meeting where staff members expressed concerns about the business’s AI competitive edge in light of ChatGPT’s recent surge in popularity.
Web search is Google’s main industry, and the company has long hailed itself as an AI pioneer. More employees are now being surveyed by managers about the initiatives in recent weeks.
The company emphasized it will need rigorous testing, saying “we’ll combine external feedback with our own internal testing to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.”