Google's Bard AI chatbot: Things to know

It is labelled as an “experimental conversational AI service” by Google. 

What is Bard

Bard is not open for public usage at the moment and is only available for “trusted testers”. 

Available to limited people

After announcing the chatbot, Google CEO Pichai announced the company will “enlist every Googler to help shape Bard.” 

Google CEO enrolled employees for testing 

Bard is powered by Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA). 

Bard uses LaMDA 

In the initial phase, the chatbot will use a lightweight version of LaMDA. 

For starters, LaMDA lite 

In his Bard announcement, Pichai said the chatbot “seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our large language models.” 

Google head’s take 

He continued, “It draws on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses.” 

Pichai on its working 

Pichai added that it can do things like “explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old.” 

Bard’s applications 

Google will take into consideration internal as well as external feedback “to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.” 

Feedbacks will ‘improve’ Bard 

Pichai said that Google wants to build Bard “in a bold and responsible way.” 

AI development with ‘responsibility’ 

He further underlined that the company was one of the first companies to come up with AI principles, in 2018. 

Google, first in principles: Pichai 

As soon as Google announced Bard, Microsoft went ahead and incorporated ChatGPT’s AI capabilities into its Bing browser. 

Response to Bard launch 

After Bard launched, Google ran an ad on Twitter that showed the chatbot showing an incorrect response. 

Bard ad fiasco 

The ad showed Bard incorrectly stating that James Webb Telescope was the first to capture pictures of a planet outside the solar system. 

More about the error 

Several Twitter users panned the AI chatbot and brought it to everyone’s attention that the correct answer should be “European Very Large Telescope.” 

Backlash on ad 

The ‘unfortunate’ ad caused Google-parent Alphabet’s shares to dip and lose $100 billion in market value. 

Action and consequence 

Besides Bard, Google is also leveraging AI in search in other ways. 

Bard isn’t alone 

Google also announced that its AI-powered Lens will soon bring up results related to what’s shown on your smartphone screen. 

Search enhanced with Google Lens 

Multisearch function also gets an AI push and will allow users to run text searches in combination with an image that shows up on the results page. 

Multisearch function plus AI 

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