Well the time is now. It looks like Google is jumping on the chatbot train and releasing their own version of ChatGPT, named Bard. The CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced the project in a recent blog post and described it as an “experimental conversational AI service” that will answer questions and have conversations with users. For now, it’s only available to a select group of testers, but it will be available to the public soon. Not much is known about Bard’s capabilities yet, but from what we can tell from a screenshot, it looks like it will be just as versatile as ChatGPT.
According to Pichai: “Bard can be an outlet for creativity, and a launchpad for curiosity, helping you to explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old, or learn more about the best strikers in football right now, and then get drills to build your skills.”
Bard uses information from the web to provide up-to-date answers, indicating that it may be able to address current events, an area where ChatGPT falls short. The sudden announcement and limited information about Bard are an indication of Google’s “code red” response to the launch of ChatGPT last year. Although the technology behind ChatGPT is not groundbreaking, OpenAI’s decision to make it freely accessible on the web introduced millions to this new form of automated text generation, leading to significant discussions about its impact on education, employment, and the future of internet search – a topic of particular concern for Google.
Additionally, Google is emphasizing its integration of AI into various products, including search. In recent years, Google has been utilizing AI to summarize an increasing number of search results and provide information directly from websites instead of relying on users to click and investigate.
AI for sure is here to stay, it’s just a matter of time until they start replacing our day-to-day. (If it hasn’t already started)