The Battle for AI Supremacy Rages On: Google Unveils Bard, its Response to ChatGPT
In a world where technology is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible, Google refuses to be left behind. With the launch of Bard, the company sets its sights on reclaiming its title as the leader in artificial intelligence. In the coming weeks, Bard will be made available to the public, marking a bold move in the ongoing war for AI dominance.
As the sensational ChatGPT by OpenAI, funded by Microsoft, continues to capture the world’s attention, Google answers with its own powerful chatbot, Bard. Designed to harness the vastness of the world’s knowledge and bring it to life through a conversational interface, Bard is built on the foundation of Google’s groundbreaking AI model, LaMDA.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announces that Bard is already in the hands of “trusted testers,” and its smaller version of LaMDA will allow it to reach a wider audience, while gathering invaluable feedback to further improve the quality and accuracy of its responses. Get ready for the next chapter in the evolution of AI, as Google takes on the competition with Bard.”
As the world eagerly awaits the launch of Google’s latest creation, Bard, the exact capabilities of this powerful chatbot remain shrouded in mystery. However, based on a recent screenshot, it appears that Bard will be just as versatile as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. With the ability to answer practical questions, such as how to plan a baby shower or what to cook for lunch with a specific set of ingredients, Bard is poised to become a valuable tool for everyone.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai envisions Bard as a source of both creativity and knowledge. With its vast resources, Bard can help explain complex discoveries, such as those from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, to a young child or assist in mastering the skills of a football striker. Get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and exploration, with Bard as your guide.”
Google’s sudden announcement of Bard and the limited information surrounding it, is a clear indication of the “code red” situation triggered by the launch of ChatGPT. Despite the fact that the technology behind ChatGPT is not revolutionary, OpenAI’s decision to make the system freely accessible on the web has made millions aware of this innovative form of automated text generation. The ramifications have been profound, sparking debates about the impact of ChatGPT on education, work, and, most notably for Google, the future of internet search.
Microsoft, which has made massive investments in OpenAI, has seized the opportunity to capitalize on this breakthrough. It is rumored that the company is integrating ChatGPT into its Bing search engine, as well as other products in its office software suite. Last week, screenshots purporting to show a ChatGPT-enhanced Bing were leaked, further fueling the excitement surrounding the future of AI and chatbots.
The flood of recent developments highlights the expectation of significant transformation in Silicon Valley, brought about by the emergence of generative AI. This innovative technology has the ability to generate prose and other forms of content at the request of users, freeing up the valuable time of white-collar professionals
The distinction between Bard and OpenAI’s ChatGPT remains ambiguous. According to CEO Sundar Pichai, Bard is fueled by information from the web, while ChatGPT’s information is current as of 2021. Pichai explains that Bard aims to unite the extensive knowledge of the world with the exceptional power, intelligence, and imagination of artificial intelligence
The rapid success of ChatGPT has caused a surge in usage, with reports indicating that it had 57 million unique visitors in December, surpassing even TikTok in adoption. In response, Google plans to launch a new AI-powered chatbot, Bard, in the coming weeks, equipped with the latest information from the internet and the power, intelligence, and creativity of Google’s AI technology. To further drive its AI efforts, the company will also provide technology tools powered by LaMDA and other AI systems to creators and businesses starting next month
Despite possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of AI, exemplified by the creation of the transformative technology at the heart of ChatGPT, Google has been wary about releasing its AI tools to the masses. In the past, the company has only made a limited version of its language model, LaMDA, available through its AI Test Kitchen app, which is only capable of generating text related to a select few inquiries.
Google, along with other tech powerhouses, has been cautious in embracing untested AI technologies due to the potential backlash they may face. Large language models such as LaMDA and GPT-3.5, which drives ChatGPT, have a notorious reputation for generating toxic and false information, leading some experts to label these systems as “bullshit generators.” This has prompted Google to explore the dangers of AI-driven search in 2021.
However, the imminent launch of Bard marks a significant shift in Google’s approach to AI technology. In his blog post, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, emphasizes the company’s commitment to combining external feedback with internal testing to ensure that Bard’s responses are of high quality, safe, and based on real-world information. Despite this, it is highly probable that the system will still encounter errors, some of which may be significant.
As Google focuses on integrating AI into its various offerings, such as search, the company has shifted towards highlighting the utilization of AI in its products. Over the past few years, Google has increasingly utilized AI to present summarized search results, prioritizing the display of information from websites rather than encouraging users to independently navigate and explore. According to CEO Sundar Pichai’s blog post, it appears that these AI-powered features will play a more prominent role in the future.
Google is gearing up for the AI race, as it prepares to share its latest advancements in the field.
The tech giant will be hosting an event tomorrow, to highlight how it’s utilizing AI to revolutionize the way people search, explore and interact with information, making it more natural and effortless to find what you need. The 40-minute virtual event will be streamed on YouTube tomorrow at 8:30AM ET.