Google, the parent company of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), has recently made its experimental generative artificial intelligence program, Bard, publicly accessible. Bard is being positioned as a formidable competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. In a blog post, Google emphasized the potential benefits of Bard in boosting productivity and catalyzing innovation. The AI program can perform a wide range of tasks, from providing suggestions on increasing one’s reading to simplifying complex concepts like quantum physics. Google’s Vice Presidents, Sissie Hsiao and Eli Collins expressed their eagerness to receive user feedback following extensive testing and development of the Bard AI program.
Access to Bard will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis to users in the United States and the United Kingdom who sign up on a waiting list. Bard is built on an optimized version of Google’s LaMDA large language model and operates like ChatGPT, allowing users to input prompts or questions and receive instant responses. According to Google’s Vice Presidents, Sissie Hsiao, and Eli Collins, the program will be expanded to include more countries and languages.
Despite their advanced capabilities, concerns have been raised over ChatGPT and Bard after recent testing found that they can provide inaccurate or misleading information from the internet. Google’s Vice Presidents, Sissie Hsiao and Eli Collins acknowledged these concerns and recognized that large language models are not infallible. They explained that because these AI models learn from a wide range of information, they can reflect real-world biases and stereotypes in their outputs. In response, Bard will offer users the option of selecting from multiple response drafts and will be able to make adjustments based on follow-up questions. This feature aims to enhance the accuracy and reliability of the responses provided by the AI program.