Google is developing a rival to OpenAI’s Chatbot ChatGPT. Bard, the ‘experimental conversational AI service,’ is being tested by a small number of users. It was released on Monday and is backed by Microsoft.
It was speculated till now, but now it’s official: Google is working on a ChatGPT rival named Bard. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, unveiled the initiative in a blog post today, characterizing the tool as an “experimental conversational AI service” that will answer user inquiries and engage in discussions.
According to Pichai, the software would be made accessible to a set of “trusted testers” today before becoming “more freely available to the public in the following weeks.”
It is unclear what skills Bard will have, but the chatbot appears to be as ‘free’ as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The picture encourages users to ask Bard realistic questions like ‘how to arrange a children’s party’ or ‘what type of meal might be produced with this set of supplies’.
‘Bard can be a creative outlet and a launching pad for curiosity, enabling you to explain new findings from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a nine-year-old or study about the current greatest forwards in soccer, then practice to enhance your talents,’ – adds Pichai.
Pichai also mentions that Bard “harvests information from the web to offer new and high-quality replies,” implying that it might answer inquiries regarding recent events, something ChatGPT struggles with.
The public release of ChatGPT, which can perform nearly anything—from producing music to breaking down complicated issues and writing code to inventing ideas from scratch—sounded the death knell for Google’s primary search business.
The hurried release and lack of information about Bard are symptoms of a ‘code red’ warning that was triggered at Google by the introduction of ChatGPT last year.
While the underlying technology in ChatGPT isn’t groundbreaking, OpenAI’s choice to make the system free and available on the web has introduced millions to a new type of automatic text production.
According to the Verge, the ramifications have been seismic, beginning with conversations about the influence of ChatGPT on education, the business of something that particularly worries Google – the future of Internet search.
Bard’s release coincides with reports that Microsoft is integrating ChatGPT into its Bing search engine. Although ChatGPT is presently available for free, OpenAI just unveiled ChatGPT Plus, a subscription tier with enhanced capabilities and features.
While Google has experience in the artificial intelligence that enables ChatGPT (in fact, it pioneered the crucial technology — the transformer that is the ‘T’ in GPT), the corporation has been more careful in sharing its tools with the public thus far.
Google previously made LaMDA, the language model used by Bard, available through its AI Test Kitchen app, but that version was severely constrained, only generating text linked with a few questions.
Google, like other digital behemoths, has been apprehensive about dealing with untested AI. Major language models like LaMDA and GPT-3.5 (which powers ChatGPT) have been well-documented for spewing out toxic content like hate speech and self-assured misinformation – so much so that one professor compared the systems to ‘crap generators,’ which isn’t exactly a complimentary description for the technology that some say should replace search engines.
Last year, a Google developer stated that LaMDA’s replies were human-like. It demonstrated how far artificial intelligence has progressed.
Let us recall that in 2021, Google investigated the problems of AI-accelerated search.
The imminent release of Bard is a watershed moment in Google’s approach to this technology. Pichai emphasizes in his blog post that Google will combine “external feedback with Google’s internal testing to ensure that Bard’s responses meet high standards for the quality, safety, and real-world validity of the information provided” – despite the fact that the system is bound to make mistakes.
Meanwhile, Google maintains that it is already using AI into several of its products, including search. Google has employed artificial intelligence to curate more and more search results in recent years, collecting content from the web rather than allowing people to click and explore on their own. According to Pichai’s post, these features will become more prominent in the future.
Pichai noted in a blog post that people are turning to search engines for deeper knowledge and comprehension, such as “is it simpler to learn to play the piano or the guitar, and how much practice do these instruments require?” vs “how many keys does a piano have?” Responding to such sophisticated inquiries necessitates an opinion or point of view.
“AI can be useful in these situations, synthesizing ideas for issues with no one correct solution,” Pichai wrote.
“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 bigger picture and learn more from the web: whether it’s looking for additional perspectives, e.g. blogs of people who play both piano and guitar or more in-depth studies of a related topic, such as first steps for beginners. These new AI features will soon start appearing on Google search,”Pichai writes.
It has advantages to provide Bard with a lightweight version of the LaMDA model; the smaller model takes less computer resources, allowing developers to grow to more users, resulting in greater input.
“We will integrate external input with our own internal testing to guarantee that Bard’s responses satisfy high quality, security, and are anchored in real-world knowledge,” noted the corporation.
Google will also begin involving individual developers, producers, and corporations to test Google’s Generative Language API, which initially powered LaMDA. “We plan to offer a set of tools and APIs that will make it easier for others to build more creative AI apps over time,” the company stated.
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