Pointers at Glance
- Google unveiled a new AI chatbot named Bard on 6th Feb 2023, which will be rolled out in the upcoming weeks.
- Bard is set to compete with ChatGPT, an AI service from OpenAI.
The technology behind Bard is based on LaMDA, Google’s large language model for dialogue applications. In a blog post, Google mentioned that it would first allow a group of “trusted testers” to access the conversation technology before making it more accessible to the general public.
Last week, CNBC reported that Google is conducting a secret project, nicknamed “Code Red,” to develop features that can rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the popular chatbot backed partially by Microsoft. Google is internally testing these features, including a chatbot called “Apprentice Bard” and new search desktop designs that could be used in a question-answer format.
CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post that the company plans to release AI-powered features in search that distill complex information and multiple perspectives in an easy-to-digest format. It allows users to comprehend complex subjects and learn from the web, whether seeking out additional perspectives, like blogs from people who play both piano and guitar, or going deeper on a related topic, like steps to get started as a beginner.
The company gave the example of using Bard to explain the new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old child.
The product tests were carried out after employees raised concerns about the company’s competitiveness in AI, following the recent surge in popularity of ChatGPT, during an all-hands meeting.
According to CNBC, Google’s AI head, Jeff Dean, spoke to employees about the company’s approach to AI, acknowledging the high “reputational risk” associated with providing incorrect information and noting that Google is being “more conservative” in comparison to smaller startups. Despite this, CEO Sundar Pichai hinted at the possibility of Google launching similar AI products to the public this year.
Google’s core business is web search, which considers itself a leader in AI technology. Recently, it has sought feedback from more employees to improve its efforts.
In its recent announcement, Google emphasized the importance of thorough testing, stating that it will use external feedback and internal testing to ensure that the chatbot, Bard, meets high standards for quality, safety, and accuracy in real-world information.