Google Unleashes AI-Powered Chatbot “Bard,” Challenging Microsoft’s ChatGPT

Google has entered the artificial intelligence arena with the release of its own conversational chatbot, named Bard. This move sets up a showdown with Microsoft, which has invested billions in OpenAI, the creator of the popular language app ChatGPT.

ChatGPT has taken the world by storm for its ability to produce written content such as essays, poems, and programming code within seconds, sparking concerns about potential cheating or job obsolescence. Last month, Microsoft announced its support for OpenAI and began integrating ChatGPT features into its Teams platform. There is speculation that the app will soon be adapted for use in the Office suite and Bing search engine.

With the potential for ChatGPT to be included in Bing, Google faced the prospect of intense competition from an AI-powered rival for its world-dominating search engine. In response, the company’s founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, were brought back to develop a solution and address the “code red” threat posed by ChatGPT’s overnight success.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the release of Bard on Monday, ahead of a similar launch event by Microsoft. Bard is based on LaMDA, the company’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications system, and has been in development for several years. Pichai stated that the chatbot aims to combine “the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of our large language models.”

The release of Bard was delayed due to concerns about the potential risk of releasing untested language-based AI technology. However, Pichai emphasized that Bard’s responses will meet a “high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.” Similar to ChatGPT, Bard will use a limited version of its base language model to reduce computing power and reach a wider audience.

Google also announced that users will soon see AI-powered features in its search engine, including new-style responses that will “distill complex information and multiple perspectives into easy-to-digest formats.”

As the AI race heats up, experts believe that search engines powered by generative AI will offer structured answers to questions instead of just links. However, there are also concerns about chatbots like ChatGPT and Bard potentially providing inaccurate information.

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