With “Bard,” a conversational service intended to rival the success of the ChatGPT tool supported by Microsoft, Google is bracing for a war of ideas in the field of artificial intelligence.
According to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, Bard will initially be accessible only to a select set of “trusted testers” before being broadly disseminated later this year.
A child should be able to understand the problematic concepts discussed by Google’s chatbot regarding topics like space discoveries.
Additionally, it states that the service will carry out other, more routine duties like offering party planning advice or lunch suggestions based on the leftovers in a refrigerator.
Pichai left it unclear in his article whether Bard, named after the playwright who allegedly served as inspiration for the service’s moniker, will be able to produce writing in the manner of William Shakespeare.
Pichai noted, “Bard may be a launchpad for inquiry as well as a creative outlet.”
Less than two weeks after Microsoft revealed it was investing billions of dollars in OpenAI.
This San Francisco-based company makes ChatGPT and other tools that can create new visuals and understandable text, Google confirmed the existence of Bard.
The pressure on Google to show that it can stay up in a sector of technology that many analysts feel could be equally transformative increased after Microsoft decided to lift the ante on a $1 billion investment that it had made in OpenAI in 2019.
A team of Google engineers working on AI technology had been “asked to prioritize working on a response to ChatGPT,” according to a report last week from CNBC. Bard was a service being developed under a project called “Atlas” as part of Google’s “code red” effort to counter the success of ChatGPT, which has drawn tens of millions of users since its general release late last year while also raising concerns in schools about its capacity to write entirely.
For the past six years, Pichai has emphasized the significance of artificial intelligence, and one of its most apparent outcomes will materialize in 2021 as part of a system dubbed “Language Model for Dialogue Applications,” or LaMDA. LaMDA will be used to facilitate human-computer dialogue.
To help its billion users with their more complex questions, Google also intends to implement LaMDA and other artificial intelligence advances into its powerful search engine.
Pichai said the AI techniques would be integrated into Google’s search shortly without giving a particular timeframe.
Google revealed last week that it is investing in and cooperating with Anthropic, an AI firm run by some former OpenAI leaders, as another indication of its growing dedication to the industry. Anthropic has a purpose focused on AI safety and has developed its own AI chatbot named Claude.