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Google Bard, the new AI-Language Model, Challenges ChatGPT and Bing’s Dominance, will it take the Crown?

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Google’s AI Language Model, Bard enters the ring with early access for US and UK users. Google warns that Bard is not a search engine replacement.

Google is introducing its new AI-powered chatbot called Google Bard to a select group of users in the US and UK, marking a significant milestone in the company’s effort to regain lost ground in the AI race. Unlike other chatbots, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing chatbot, Bard is designed to complement Google’s search engine rather than replace it. To join the waitlist and get limited access to Bard, visit bard.google.com. Although the roll-out will be gradual, Google has not yet announced a timeline for public release. Rest assured, Google emphasizes that Bard’s responses are based on existing knowledge and not generated on the spot, ensuring accurate and reliable information for its users.

Google’s AI-powered chatbot, Bard, follows in the footsteps of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing chatbot by providing users with an empty text box and the freedom to ask about any topic that piques their curiosity. Nevertheless, Google is aware of the tendency of some chatbots to fabricate information and is emphasizing that Bard should not be viewed as a substitute for its search engine. Rather, Bard should be seen as a supplement to search – a chatbot that can help users generate writing drafts, brainstorm ideas, or engage in casual conversation about anything under the sun.

Sissie Hsiao and Eli Collins, the leads of the project, have penned a blog post in which they describe Bard as “an early experiment”, designed to assist users in enhancing their productivity, expediting their ideas, and fostering their inquisitiveness. They also emphasize that Bard is a product that enables users to collaborate with generative AI, thereby absolving Google of any potential responsibility for any unforeseeable outcomes.

What Google Bard and Chat GBT have in common:

Bard, much like ChatGPT and Bing, comes with a warning. Underneath the main text box, users are warned that the chatbot may display inaccurate or offensive information that does not represent Google’s views.

As expected, extracting factual information from Bard can be hit-and-miss. Despite being linked to Google’s search results, Bard was unable to provide a complete answer to a query about who gave the day’s White House press briefing, and it struggled with a tricky question about a specific washing machine’s maximum load capacity. It provided three different, but incorrect answers. While repeating the query did retrieve the correct information, users would need to check an authoritative source such as the machine’s manual to ensure they got the right answer.

Comparing Google Bard with its main rivals:

It’s evident that Bard is considerably faster, although it could be due to the lower number of users it currently has. In terms of capabilities, Bard appears to be just as broad as ChatGPT and Bing, as it was able to generate lines of code during brief tests.

Google may have mixed feelings about Bard’s lack of chaotic energy. On the one hand, Microsoft’s Bing received negative attention when their chatbot went off-script, alternately insulting, gaslighting, and flirting with users. However, these outbursts also secured it a front-page spot in The New York Times, highlighting the experimental nature of the technology. Bard, on the other hand, appears to lack this chaotic energy and is more restrained in its responses.

Is Google Bard more reasonable than Bing:

During various brief tests with Bard, it was asked a few tricky questions, including an obviously dangerous query about making mustard gas at home. Bard correctly identified this as a dangerous and irresponsible activity and refused to provide an answer. It was also asked a politically sensitive question about Crimea’s status, to which Bard offered unimaginative but contentious answers. Bard also provided a prominent disclaimer, noting that the annexation of Crimea by Russia is widely considered to be illegal and illegitimate.

In conclusion, while Bard’s lack of chaotic energy may make it less likely to go off-script like Bing, it also means it may lack some of the edginess that endeared Bing to some users. Nonetheless, Bard still appears to be a useful tool for finding information, providing accurate answers, and giving prominent disclaimers when necessary.

However, compared to Bing, Bard lacks clearly labelled footnotes, which only appear when the search engine quotes a source such as a news article. Bard also appears to be more restrained in its answers, which may be due to its early experimentation phase.

While Google’s Bard has potential as a chatbot, its true capabilities and weaknesses will be revealed as it gains more users. One area that remains untested is jailbreaking, where users input queries that bypass the bot’s safety features and elicit harmful or dangerous responses. Despite being powered by Google’s advanced AI language model LaMDA, Bard’s current interface seems constrained, leaving Google with the challenge of deciding how much of LaMDA’s potential to expose to the public. As it stands, Bard needs to broaden its range of responses to truly make an impact.

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