ChatGPT, or Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is one of artificial intelligence’s (AI) most innovative voices. But did you know that the version everyone’s been playing around with is just a pilot program? OpenAI will be launching a subscription-based plan soon.
It looks like the infamous is getting some competition. Enter Bard, a new chatbot that Google claims will be able to explain complex subjects by way of natural language in a way we’ve never seen before.
The chatbot was announced earlier this week and then demonstrated at a live event a couple of days later. Here’s what we know so far.
What is Bard by Google?
On Monday, Sundar Pichai, Google and Alphabet CEO, announced the soft release of his brand’s AI project, Bard. Currently, it’s only available to a select group of beta testers, but it’s meant to eventually grow into a competitor for ChatGPT. Pichai said Bard is only the beginning, picking up where the organization’s previous Google AI and DeepMind projects left off.
Google showed off some features of Bard at its live event in Paris on Wednesday, adding more context to its announcement and going over some features.
AI is nothing new for Google
Many of Google’s staple apps are already powered by AI. Google Lens, for example, uses image recognition technology to help you find things online based on what you see through your camera lens. Google announced that you’ll soon be able to point your camera at a place, such as a restaurant, and see Google reviews on the screen.
Google Maps uses augmented reality to better guide you to your destination. The feature is only available in some cities, but Google says it will be rolling out to more areas soon. And in a treat for EV owners, Maps will add the best routes to include charging stations on your travels.
Indoor Live View, which uses AR-powered arrows to point you to the nearest restrooms, baggage checks, taxi stands, car rentals, ATMs and more, will expand to several new locations.
Google also highlighted Blob Opera, a machine-learning experiment in which AI learns how to sing. You can try Blob Opera yourself here.
Google Search is getting the AI treatment thanks to Bard, powered by LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogue Applications. The chatbot will provide AI-generated responses to search queries with more information than a simple list of results. You’ll get detailed answers in an essay of sorts.
The battle of the chatbots: who will come out on top?
Bard is slated for its official public release in the coming weeks. Preliminary info suggests that Bard is superior in its ability to answer long, sometimes meandering queries effortlessly. It’s a limit that’s still more than noticeable in ChatGPT. If you can’t keep it simple, the bot tends to get confused.
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