Google has launched Google Bard, its own rival chatbot to ChatGPT and Bing Chat.
Google Bard is based on LaMDA, Google's breakthrough language model for dialogue applications. LaMDA can understand natural language and context and produce coherent and relevant answers to a wide range of topics and scenarios.
Google Bard Beta Waitlist Access
Google Bard is currently in beta testing, but anyone in the US can sign up for the waitlist and get a chance to try it out for free. You need a personal Google account (not a Workspace account) and be over 18 years old.
Once you get access to Google Bard, you can use it on Google's website or through various integrations with other platforms and apps. You can ask questions, give instructions, or just chat with it for fun. You can also view other possible responses to your prompts and rate them with a thumbs up or thumbs down.
Competition with ChatGPT and Bing Chat
Google Bard is designed to compete with ChatGPT and Bing's AI chat feature, which are both powered by GPT-3/GPT-4, the largest language models ever created. However, Google claims its LaMDA technology is more advanced and versatile than GPT-3, as it can handle open-ended conversations better and avoid factual errors.
Ironically, during a preview demonstration on February 6th 2023 , Google Bard made a mistake when answering a question about the James Webb Space Telescope's recent discoveries. It said that it was the first to take a picture of an exoplanet outside of our solar system, which was incorrect, and caused criticism from experts and users.
However, Google said that this was an isolated incident, and that Bard is still learning from feedback and data. The company also said Bard would improve over time as more people use it and provide suggestions.
Google Bard is expected to roll out gradually to more users in different regions and languages in the coming weeks and months. The company also plans to use Bard as a tool for enhancing its search products and services, as well as providing automated support and human-like interaction for businesses.
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