Google has announced the development of Bard, an AI-powered conversational service that will compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The technology, dubbed an “experimental conversational AI service,” will respond to users’ inquiries and engage in discussions. The program will first be made accessible to a select number of “trusted testers,” before being freely available in the near future.
Google has deep expertise in the sort of AI that powers ChatGPT. However, the business has been more cautious about making its AI technologies accessible to the general public. LaMDA, the language model that supports Bard, has already been made accessible through Google’s AI Test Kitchen program, although it has certain limitations.
Tech businesses are generally concerned about the possible backlash against untested AI. Large language models like LaMDA and GPT-3.5 have a history of producing harmful information.
With the introduction of Bard, Google has significantly changed its approach to AI technology. Google will employ internal testing and input from other sources to guarantee that Bard’s replies are reliable and secure. However, it is probable that the system will make mistakes — possibly serious ones. Google already uses AI in key products, such as search, where it is increasingly utilized to summarize search results.
Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, writes: “Bard can be an outlet for creativity, and a launchpad for curiosity, helping you to explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old, or learn more about the best strikers in football right now, and then get drills to build your skills.”