Google is set to enlist the help of employees and partners to test its new AI-powered chatbot rival. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has called on employees in an internal email to test the company’s new ChatGPT rival, Bard, according to CNBC. The company has come under pressure to compete with Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which was met with great success upon its launch last year.

Company-Wide “Dogfood” Program

Every Google employee will be involved in testing the new conversation technology in a company-wide dogfood program, where employees use their own product before launching it. The company will also be testing an API that would let others access the same underlying technology.

Google’s CEO has stated that the company’s goal is to create a suite of tools and APIs that will make it easy for others to build innovative applications with AI. The company will start onboarding individual developers, creators, and enterprises to try generative language APIs powered by LaMDA.

“Next week, we’ll be enlisting every Googler to help shape Bard and contribute through a special company-wide dogfood,” Pichai wrote in the email to employees that was viewed by CNBC. “Dogfood” is a term used within companies to refer to a practice that includes using one’s own product before launching it. “We’re looking forward to getting all of your feedback — in the spirit of an internal hackathon — more details coming soon,” wrote Pichai.

Pichai’s note to employees also said search boss Prabhakar Raghavan will be “sharing progress” at an event in Paris later this week. The internal note comes shortly after Pichai told the public in a blog post that Bard’s responses will need to be rigorously tested so they meet a “high bar for quality, safety, and groundedness in real-world information.”

Microsoft Expected to Launch ChatGPT-Integration for Bing

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a version of its own search engine, Bing, that will use ChatGPT to answer users’ search queries. The company is holding its own event Tuesday with participation from OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

“It’s early days, we need to ship and iterate and we have a lot of hard and exciting work ahead to build these technologies into our products and continue bringing the best of Google Al to improve people’s lives,” Pichai wrote in his note to employees Monday. “We’ve been approaching this effort with an intensity and focus that reminds me of early Google — so thanks to everyone who has contributed.”

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