Google Challenges Microsoft and OpenAI’s Language Models with Development of “Bard”
On Monday, Google unveiled a new chatbot tool named “Bard” in a move to challenge ChatGPT’s popularity. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai stated in a blog post that Bard will initially be available to “trusted testers” and will be made public “in the coming weeks.”
Like ChatGPT, Bard is based on a large language model, which OpenAI officially introduced in November. These models are trained on large web data sets to generate engaging responses to user inputs.
According to Pichai, Bard aims to combine “the depth of knowledge of the world with the strength, intelligence, and creativity of our massive language models.” It uses information from the internet to provide original and high-quality responses.
This announcement comes as Google’s primary product, online search, is facing its biggest threat in years. Since its launch, ChatGPT has been utilized to answer queries that were previously searched on Google and to generate essays, stories, and song lyrics.
According to reports, Google’s management has declared a “code red” for its search company due to the significant attention being paid to ChatGPT. Paul Buchheit, a co-founder of Gmail, warned that the growth of AI could lead to Google being completely disrupted, as stated in a tweet from last year.
Microsoft has announced plans to integrate ChatGPT into some of its products and reportedly aims to incorporate it into its search engine, Bing. Microsoft has also announced plans to invest billions in OpenAI. The subject of Microsoft’s upcoming news event, scheduled for Tuesday at its Washington offices, has not yet been disclosed, but it was publicly announced by Microsoft shortly after Google’s AI announcement on Monday.
Although not yet accessible to the general public, the underlying technology behind Bard has been in existence for some time. On Monday, Google announced that Bard will be powered by its Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) technology, which was first introduced almost two years ago. Last year, when a former Google developer claimed that the chatbot was “sentient,” LaMDA received widespread attention. However, the AI community strongly criticized these statements.
Google used a request from a user to Bard as an example in a Monday post to describe recent discoveries made by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in a way that a 9-year-old could find engaging. Bard answers in the form of talking points. According to the first sentence, in 2023, the JWST discovered many galaxies known as “green peas” because of their size, shape, and green color, which resemble peas.
According to the Google post, Bard can be used to organize a friend’s baby shower, compare two Oscar-nominated films, or find lunch options based on what’s in your refrigerator.
Pichai also stated on Monday that Google’s popular search function will soon start to integrate AI-powered capabilities.
“Soon, you’ll see AI-powered features in Search that simplify complex information and multiple perspectives into easy-to-understand formats,” Pichai wrote. “Whether it’s finding additional perspectives, such as blogs from people who play both piano and guitar, or delving deeper into a related topic, like steps for beginners, you can quickly grasp the big picture and learn more from the web.”
There may be potential risks if Google moves towards integrating an AI chatbot tool into search. Experts have warned that because these tools are trained using data from the internet, they have the ability to reinforce biases and spread false information.
Pichai emphasized the importance of “bringing experiences based on these principles to the world in a bold and responsible manner” in his blog post.
Google has announced its plans to develop its own language model, called “Bard”, to compete with existing models such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s language models. Bard is being developed to have a focus on ethical considerations and privacy, as well as improved performance. It will use Google’s extensive data resources and expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning to train the model. The goal is to create a language model that can perform tasks like translation, summarization, and question-answering, while also being more secure and trustworthy than current models. The development of Bard marks a significant step forward in the evolution of AI technology and highlights the growing competition in this field.