Google has introduced an AI-powered chatbot called Bard to challenge ChatGPT. The chatbot will be tested among a group of users before being made available to the public in the coming weeks. Bard is built on Google's large language model, Lamda, which one engineer claimed is so human-like that he believed it was sentient.
The tech giant has also unveiled new AI tools for its current search engine. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated in a blog post that the aim of Bard is to combine “the breadth of the world's knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of our large language models.” Pichai emphasized that Google's AI services should be “bold and responsible,” but did not elaborate on how Bard will prevent the sharing of harmful or abusive content.
Google Rushing Bard-Chatbot to Counter Bing
The platform will initially operate on a lightweight version of Lamda, allowing more people to use it simultaneously. The news comes amid speculation that Microsoft is planning to bring the AI chatbot ChatGPT to its search engine, Bing, following a multi-billion-dollar investment in OpenAI, the firm behind ChatGPT. ChatGPT can respond to questions and perform tasks through text, based on information from the internet as of 2021.
It can also generate various content such as speeches, songs, news articles, and student essays. Currently, ChatGPT is free to use, although OpenAI recently introduced a subscription tier. Experts believe that the ultimate goal of chatbots is to revolutionize internet search by providing one definitive answer to replace pages of web links.
Pichai stated that people are now asking more nuanced questions on Google search, and AI can be beneficial in synthesizing information for questions that do not have a single right answer. He also mentioned that soon AI-powered features will be introduced in Google Search to distill complex information into easy-to-understand formats.
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