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Google Unveils Bard to Battle it Out with ChatGPT

In a move that could be seen as a direct challenge to the viral success of ChatGPT, Google made an announcement Monday about the launch of their new chatbot tool, Bard. According to Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the new AI will be available to "authorized testers" starting Monday before being released to the wider world "in the coming days." Founded upon OpenAI's language system, revealed in late 2022, Bard can respond to user prompts with impressive accuracy, thanks to its training on extensive web data. As such, it looks well-positioned to provide engaging and relevant answers to user inquiries.

Why is Google making a move now?

Verily, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has recently announced the launch of Bard. This revolutionary AI-powered language model seeks to bridge the gap between the breadth of knowledge in the world and the power, intelligence, and creativity of Google's large language models. ' It is said that Bard draws upon the wisdom of the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses. This launch comes at an opportune time, for online search—Google's core product—is challenged by the sudden emergence of ChatGPT. In the two months since its public launch, ChatGPT has been applied to numerous tasks, from composing essays, stories, and lyrics to answering questions that used to be addressed with a Google search.

With the colossal focus of ChatGPT, Google bosses have made the clarion of a "code red" emergency for their search engine. Last week, Paul Buchheit, a developer of Gmail, warned that Google was "one, nay, two years away from destruction" due to the burgeoning of AI. Microsoft, which had already pledged to invest billions in OpenAI, has disclosed a plan to implement the same in some of its products, and it is said that it will include it in its search engine, Bing. Microsoft will hold a press conference at its Washington headquarters on Tuesday; the topic has not been announced. Microsoft made this news known shortly after Google's AI information was made public on Monday.

What are the capabilities of bard?

Google's Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) has been hidden for two years. Last year, a former Google employee boldly proclaimed that the chatbot was "sentient," though such a claim was met with disdain by the AI community. On Monday, Google showed off the capabilities of LaMDA, tasking it with explaining a recent NASA breakthrough to a nine-year-old. Bard answered conversationally, even providing a vivid example of the "green pea" galaxies, aptly named for their small, round, and verdant shape.

Organizing a party for one's friend, comparing two esteemed Academy Award-nominated films, or uncovering what luncheon could be concocted from the contents of one's fridge—all these feats are now made possible with the aid of Google's Bard, as it was recently announced.

On Monday, Pichai declared, with great zeal, that Google's Search platform would soon be graced with AI-powered features. He spoke of how this intelligence can take an array of data and multitudinous viewpoints and present them for our understanding in a clear, succinct fashion. This way, we may swiftly grasp the gist of the subject and, from the web, gain further insight, such as the experiences of those who play both piano and guitar or step-by-step guidance for the amateur.

What's causing the delay in launching?

Jeff Dean, Google's AI head, has made it clear that accuracy is paramount and that the tech giant has a greater "reputational risk" should it be found to provide wrong information—a more considered approach than a smaller startup would take. Pichai and Dean have indicated that such advancements might be accessible to the public sometime in 2021. Still, extensive testing is required to ensure that the product meets high quality, security, and accuracy standard. In recent weeks, Google has consulted with more employees to further their artificial intelligence efforts and understand the potential risks associated with introducing AI-powered chatbot technology into its search engines. This included the possibility of these bots passing on prejudices and false information. As such, Pichai has emphasized the importance of "proceeding with boldness and responsibility" to protect the public from such risks.

Powered by an extensive web data set, Bard promises users impressive accuracy when responding to their inquiries. While Google is taking a more rigorous approach to testing the quality and security of its product, the introduction of such advanced artificial intelligence technology is set to revolutionize how we access and interpret information.

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