The Google Bard chatbot, based on artificial intelligence algorithms, did not become a revolutionary solution – its few users noticed that the system’s responses were inferior in completeness and informativeness to competing ChatGPT and related Bing Chat. But Google isn’t going to stop there, CEO Sundar Pichai told the New York Times’ Hard Fork podcast.
According to the CEO of Google, in the near future, the Bard chatbot will be transferred from the currently used large LaMDA AI language model to the more powerful PaLM. When asked how he felt about the public reaction to the release of Bard, Pichai replied: “We clearly have more functional models. Very soon, maybe right after launch, we will update Bard with some of our more advanced PaLM models that provide more options, whether it’s reasoning or coding.”
The LaMDA model was trained with 137 billion parameters, while PaLM already has 540 billion of them. Both systems have been developed presumably since the beginning of 2022, and now Google decided to transfer the chatbot to PaLM with a larger data set and more diverse responses. Sundar Pichai, by his own admission, is not particularly worried about the pace of Google’s AI development compared to competitors: the company deliberately launched Bard on the less powerful LaMDA – it requires more modest computing resources, due to which more Google users were able to test the chatbot and leave feedback on his work.
With the release of a more powerful model to the public, the company decided not to rush – Google engineers should be able to quickly take the necessary measures. The technology is still developing, and over time, Bard will connect to more functional models, Pichai promised: the company does not strive to be the first – it is more important for it to make fewer mistakes when developing this direction. And the head of Google sees nothing wrong with the initiative to limit the development of AI models: this area is too important to remain without regulation.
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