We’ve heard a lot about OpenAI’s ChatGPT conversational AI. Apparently, Google is reportedly working on its own solution called Google Bard, powered by its LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Application) model to integrate with Google Search.
Google now has an answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT Search giant pitches Bard as an experimental conversational AI or chatbot Bard will be integrated into Google Search in the coming weeks
In a blog post, Sundar Pichai, the boss of Alphabet, presented the company’s latest developments in the field of AI. However, the focus this time was on the new Google Bard. The new chatbot or generative AI service is comparable to ChatGPT, which is also its current biggest rival, both being based on large language models.
The CEO added that Bard will pull data from the web to provide answers or more in-depth information to users. The capabilities of large language models will be used to refine information before presenting it in a more understandable format or beyond the basic web search results you get.
When can you try Bard via Google Search?
Bard is in the experimental phase, but developers and testers have access to it before rolling it out to the general public. Although it is in the testing phase, the results generated will be presented in a text box above the links and web maps. Users will be able to control the result by raising or lowering their thumb, as well as the option to generate another response.
Example of Google Bard search result / © Google; Edit by NextPit
The lightweight model version of LaMDA will power Bard, which will require less computing power so it can be deployed to more users. Interestingly, LaMDA has been embroiled in an AI controversy where one of the developers claims that Google’s language model established sentience or developed consciousness.
Bard is a direct competitor to the popular OpenAI ChatGPT. The latter currently operates as a free service, but OpenAI intends to offer a subscription plan for $20 per month. One of the main investors, Microsoft, also plans to add ChatGPT to its Bing search engine, which is similar to what Google is doing with Bard, but for search.
Do you think Google has a greater advantage in turning Bard into a successful conversational AI in the future? And you, how would you use chatbots in your daily life?
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