Earlier this week, we reported on Microsoft's concern that rival search engines are leveraging Bing Chat data from Bing search index to train their own AI search chatbots. While those are smaller search rivals, even Google has been accused of doing similar. Now, Google is hitting back and denying that it uses data from OpenAI's ChatGPT to train its Bard chatbot.
This week, The Information reported that Jacob Devlin, a Google AI researcher left the company. On his way out, he told CEO Sundar Pichai that the Bard team was training the chatbot by “relying on information from ShareGPT.”
If you're unfamiliar with ShareGPT, it is a website where users share their conversations with ChatGPT. Speaking to The Verge, Google Spokesperson Chris Pappas denies the report, saying “Bard is not trained on any data from ShareGPT or ChatGPT.”
I think Google needs to go harder on this denial. The company does not need bad PR right now, especially around AI. This relatively understated denial will not compete with the allegations.
Bard vs ChatGPT
Bard is now available in limited preview for users in the United States. It is a natural language processor (NLP) generative AI similar to ChatGPT. However, ChatGPT is more mature and has already been upgraded several times, currently running on the GPT-4 AI model from OpenAI.
Microsoft has leveraged the ChatGPT/GPT-4 technology into its services, notably Bing Chat, Bing Image Creator, Microsoft 365 Copilot, and Azure OpenAI Service. Google and Bard are seen to be playing cath up to OpenAI and Microsoft.
Google was taken by surprise by the launch of Bing Chat and rushed to announce Bard. That decision did not sit well with employees and the situation worsened when Bard mostly failed during its introduction demo.
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