Google unveils conversational AI service Bard to compete with Microsoft-backed ChatGPT

Google unveils conversational AI service Bard to compete with Microsoft-backed ChatGPT

Google has unveiled its conversational artificial intelligence (AI) service Bard to compete with Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that the tech major is launching a conversational AI service called Bard. The business is initially making the AI system and the LaMDA lightweight model version available to testers. The current emphasis is gathering feedback to improve the AI system for future applications.

LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), which Google introduced two years ago, powers Bard. LaMDA produces prose with such proficiency that an engineer referred to it as sentient last year, a claim that the tech giant and scientists universally rejected.

“We’ve been working on an experimental conversational AI service powered by LaMDA that we’re calling Bard. And today, we’re taking another step forward by opening it up to trusted testers ahead of making it more widely available to the public in the coming weeks.

“Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of our large language models. It draws on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses,” Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog.

He also mentioned Google’s plans to incorporate AI components into its search engine that will synthesize information for complicated questions. Currently, Google displays content from other websites in response to questions with obvious answers.

“We have a long history of using AI to improve Search for billions of people.”

“Now, our newest AI technologies — like LaMDA, PaLM, Imagen, and MusicLM — are building on this, creating entirely new ways to engage with information, from language and images to video and audio. We’re working to bring these latest AI advancements into our products, starting with Search,” Pichai wrote.

Google’s Bard or Microsoft-backed ChatGPT?

While Microsoft is enhancing Bing by integrating OpenAI’s capabilities into it, Google’s update for search shows how the business is strengthening its service.

Compared to TikTok and Instagram, ChatGPT has experienced the fastest consumer application growth rate in history. However, ChatGPT has turned away users due to its rapid expansion, with 57 million unique visitors in December last year.

ChatGPT, launched in November 2022, produces articles, essays, jokes, and even poetry quickly in response to a user’s request. But the AI-powered chatbot has data until 2021.

To serve more people, Google uses a version of LaMDA that uses less computational power. However, it remains unclear how Google plans to set Bard apart from OpenAI’s ChatGPT.


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