Google is now testing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered chatbot called Bard to answer OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai posted in a blogpost “It could be an important next step on Google’s AI journey”.
ChatGPT, launched by San Francisco based company OpenAI, has already created a buzz for its ability to answer questions, write essays, and programming code on demand within seconds.
Google’s announcement about its new AI chatbot Bard came in less than two weeks after Microsoft disclosed its billions of dollars investment into OpenAI.
What is Bard?
Bard is an experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA(Language Model for Dialogue Applications), launched two years ago by Google with next-generation language and conversation capabilities.
Google has taken another step forward by opening it up to only trusted testers currently ahead of making it widely available to the public.
Google CEO Pichai also wrote:
“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. 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.”
1/ In 2021, we shared next-gen language + conversation capabilities powered by our Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA). Coming soon: Bard, a new experimental conversational #GoogleAI service powered by LaMDA. https://t.co/cYo6iYdmQ1— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) February 6, 2023
Bard is now released initially with the lightweight model version of LaMDA, significantly needs less computing power, which helps to scale it to more users to get feedback from them.
Google has already shown in a blogpost how you can use Bard to simplify complex topics, like explaining new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old.
What about Microsoft and ChatGPT?
Many technology giants have already shown interest in AI technologies after the huge popularity of OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Microsoft has already invested a lot in OpenAI, the company behind the AI chatbot ChatGPT. In the near future Microsoft is planning to implement GPT-4 in their Bing search.