Google Bard is a new chatbot tool launched in the wake of all the buzz around generative AI, like ChatGPT. Bard is designed to simulate conversations with a human and uses a combination of natural language processing and machine learning, to provide realistic, and helpful responses to questions you might ask it.
In theory, Bard may one day be integrated into websites, messages platforms, applications on desktop and mobile, and a range of digital systems. For now, Google is opening up the waitlist for Bard, offering us our first look at Google’s take on AI-generated text.
Google Bard is Google’s answer to ChatGPT. It’s an AI chatbot with many of the same functions, though is designed to eventually augment Google’s own search tools (much the way Bing Chat is now using GPT-4) as well as provide automated support and human-like interaction for businesses.
It has been under development for some years and uses LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) technology. It’s built on top of Google’s Transformer neural network architecture, which was also the basis for other AI generative tools, like ChatGPT’s GPT-3.5 language model.
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Google is reportedly giving “Pixel Superfans” an early look at Bard, but you don’t need a Pixel phone to sign up for the service. You can join the Google Bard waitlist at bard.google.com, and you’ll receive an email when it’s your turn to take a look. Customers of Google One have also been offered a chance to preview Bard.
We had a chance to test out Google Bard ourselves. It’s an impressive service, even if there are still some clear rough edges. The biggest hurdle right now is that Bard will only respond to certain prompts, so you’ll often have to ask it multiple times to generate code, translate languages, and many of the other functions it can perform outside of generating text.
CEO Sundar Pichai initially accelerated the development of Google Bard in early 2022 following signs of ChatGPT’s successful development. That is only likely to have continued apace with the continued positive press coverage ChatGPT has received in 2023.