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Google CEO Tasks Employees with Testing the Bard AI 2 to 4 Hours Per Day

Google chief Sundar Pichai has sent an internal email asking employees to test the Bard AI chatbot to catch up with ChatGPT.

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is a natural language processing chatbot that rivals 's ChatGPT. However, while is grabbing the headlines and finding itself integrated into Microsoft products, Bard is not as mature. To help build the quality of its AI, CEO wants his employees to start testing the bot for hours per day.

Since the start of the year, Microsoft has gone full steam ahead with mainstreaming AI. The company has invested billions into OpenAI to make the ChatGPT chatbot prominent in its services.

We already see the results in the new Bing Chat. Microsoft's push meant a literal code red was issued in the halls of Google HQ, forcing the company to rush and announce Bard, its chatbot rival to ChatGPT.

Google was completely caught off guard by the speed of Microsoft's AI backing, forcing the company to accelerate its own solutions. Google quickly announced it would launch the API for Bard in March. Although, shortly after the announcement the AI gave a wrong answer on a ad that sent Google's price tumbling.

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It now seems Pichai wants to avoid similar embarrassment when the chatbot becomes widely available. So, in a company-wide email, he is asking all employees to take between two and four hours each day to test the chatbot. According to Business Insider, Pichai says thousands of employees are already testing and he wants more to “contribute in a deeper way.”

How employees will react to this demand remains to be seen. Workers within Google have already been critical of Pichai for rushing the announcement of Bard, with many feeling the AI was not ready. Of course, Google has recently cut thousands of people from its workforce, so the atmosphere is already tense within the company.

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Last Updated on February 23, 2023 1:49 pm CET

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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