Bard, Google’s ChatGPT Rival is Here and It Has Sparked a Lot of Chatter

Bard, Google’s ChatGPT Rival is Here and It Has Sparked a Lot of Chatter

The internet giant announced that it would start testing its brand-new chatbot, Bard. With a small, select up before making it available to the public in the upcoming weeks.

It competes with ChatGPT, which has wowed millions of people since it was introduced at the end of November. Google announced on Monday that it would soon release an experimental chatbot called Bard.

Before making Google’s Bard available to the public in the upcoming weeks, Google said it would start testing its new chatbot with a small, select group on Monday. The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai also mentioned this in a blog post. That the company’s search engine would soon have AI features that provided summaries of complex information.

Bard is based on an experimental technology called LaMDA. Google has been testing LaMA both internally and with a select group of outsiders for several months. The company claimed that Bard was named because he is a storyteller.

The chatbots can’t converse exactly like people, but they frequently appear to. Additionally, they produce a variety of digital text that can be used in almost any setting.  Such as tweets, blog posts, term papers, poetry, and even computer code.

The chatbots mark a significant shift in how computer software is created, used, and managed. They are the product of more than ten years of research at organizations like Google, OpenAI, and Meta. They prepared to redesign email clients like Gmail and Outlook, talking digital assistants like Alexa and Siri. And internet searches engines like Google Search and Microsoft Bing.

The Sundar Pichai blog post demonstrates Google’s significant support for Bard and the potential of conversational AI. The note emphasized how, far exceeding Moore’s Law, the size of the largest AI computations is doubling every six months.

The article also revealed that many of the generative AI applications we’re starting to see today are built on Google’s Transformer research project. Their field-establishing 2017 paper, notable advancements in their diffusion models, and other initiatives. Bard is run by LaMDA (Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications). Google claims that Bard aims to combine the depth of knowledge found throughout the world with the strength, intelligence, and creativity of their large language models. It uses data from the Internet to deliver superior up-to-date content.

What is LaMDA?

The new chatbot will run on LaMDA, also known as the less catchy Language Model for Dialogue Applications. Since officially announcing the project in 2021, Google has had LaMDA under development for many years. At the time, it bragged about how much better at natural conversation LaMDA was than other chatbots already in use.

There has been some controversy surrounding the LaMDA program. The program was allegedly sentient last year, according to a Google engineer, who was promptly fired for his comments (Google later claimed the claims were “wholly unfounded”).

Indicating that Google still has a lot of AI in the tank, the company said a “lightweight version” of LaMDA would be used to power Bard’s initial release.

What is Generative AI?

AI (Artificial intelligence) generated from scratch underlies chatbots like ChatGPT and Bard. According to a McKinsey white paper, “generative AI” refers to any form of AI that can produce something on its own.

This broad term covers learning algorithms that can use prompts to write articles and paint pictures on their own, as well as learning algorithms that can make predictions. Google’s dominance of the search engine market accounts for its power. 

Google thinks AI can be useful in crucial situations by synthesizing information for problems with no single correct response. Google is getting ready to integrate AI-powered Search features that condense complex data and differing viewpoints into simple formats. The rollout of these new AI features will start on, according to Google.

Will Bard rival ChatGPT?

Google decided to accept the challenge when Microsoft gave the challenge. Small stabs between the two businesses are already coming to light.

Since ChatGPT was only trained on data up to 2021, Google’s blog post focuses heavily on how Bard can offer current information on issues like the James Webb telescope. Bard will initially be a lightweight model, according to the company, “enabling us to scale more users.” ChatGPT users frequently complain about the service crashing.

Microsoft seized the opportunity to seize the spotlight by letting everyone know that its CEO Satya Nadella would be making a significant announcement on machine learning shortly.

As expected, he revealed on Tuesday that Microsoft’s Edge browser and Bing search engine now harness the power of AI. Yusuf Mahdi, Chief Marketing Officer for Consumer Products, claimed that the model was more effective than ChatGPT.

While Bing is unquestionably Google’s second-place search engine, this could all change based on how both businesses integrate AI into their features and how customers respond.

Has Generative Artificial Intelligence truly arrived?

Not by John Hennessy, the chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, since 2018. In February 2023, not long after Bard’s Twitter debut generated a lot of discussions, he was giving a speech at a summit in Mountain View, California. He thinks that it will still be a year or two before Generative AI becomes a truly helpful tool for the general public. Google has confirmed that it will release Bard to the general public in the coming weeks. According to one analyst, Google was hesitant to productize this because it didn’t believe it was truly ready for a product yet. 

Generative AI driving chatbot race for supremacy

In conversational applications like chatbots, generative AI is already being used to generate code and create marketing content. Microsoft has unveiled a new version of the Bing search engine that it claims is more potent than ChatGPT and is powered by a next-generation Open AI large language model. 

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, claims that AI will completely transform every area of software, starting with search. Additionally, Microsoft has released an updated Edge browser with AI-based features. In the meantime, ChatGPT launched ChatGPT Plus, a new subscription plan that costs $20 per month in the US and offers advantages like quick response times and access to ChatGPT even during peak hours. All users will soon have access to Bard. Can it use its search engine skills to compete with ChatGPT? That’s not a prediction that any generative AI tool can currently make.

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