March 22, 2023


Google opened its ChatGPT competitor Bard to the public in the United States and the United Kingdom on Tuesday, although entry will require a waiting list.

“Today we’re starting to open up access to Bard, an early experiment that lets you collaborate with generative AI,” Ellie Collins, Google vice president of product and research, Sissy Hsiao, wrote in a company blog.

He explained that Bard can be used to boost productivity, accelerate the generation of ideas, and increase curiosity.

“We’ve learned a lot testing Bard so far,” he said, “and the next important step in improving it is getting feedback from more people.”

While large language models are an exciting technology, they are not without their faults, Google executives acknowledged. Because they learn from a wide range of information that reflects real-world biases and stereotypes, they sometimes show up in their output, he continued. And they may provide false, misleading or inaccurate information while presenting it in confidence.

“Our work at Bard is guided by our AI principles, and we continue to focus on quality and safety,” the pair said. “We’re using human feedback and ratings to improve our systems, and we’ve also put in guardrails, like capping the number of exchanges in dialogue, to try to keep conversations useful and on-topic Could.”

chasing redmond

Since Google unveiled Bard to the world in February, the company has been trying to catch up with Microsoft, which is introducing AI features into its products at a rapid pace.

“Google is in a panic now that Microsoft has them beat to market, and they’re hemorrhaging users, which puts them in a ‘ready or it doesn’t get here’ mindset,” said Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst at the Enderle Group. declared. An advisory services firm in Bend, Ore.

“A short while ago, they were convinced that it was nowhere close to being ready and seem to have reduced resources, so it is unlikely that it is actually ready, but they now need a response and clearly We are taking a huge risk to prevent this from happening. Microsoft stops its search engine from bleeding out,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Undoubtedly, Google is in catch-up mode, maintained Mark N. Vena, president and principal analyst at SmartTech Research in San Jose, Calif.

He told TechNewsworld, “I think Google is under enormous market pressure to bring Bard to the mainstream market as quickly as possible because there is a perception in part that they were taken aback by the market reception of ChatGPT.”

Google has been talking about its AI and machine-learning work for several years, but, so far, it has reached the consumer in very limited ways, observed Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, a consumer research firm. Technology consulting firm. New York City.

“ChatGPT really struck a nerve inside Google. This is a potential threat to Google Search,” he told TechNewsWorld.

cautious pace

Bard’s rate of development remains reserved, despite pressure to bridge the gap with Microsoft.

“Google’s pace is somewhat more cautious than Microsoft’s,” said Greg Sterling, co-founder of Near Media, a news, comment and analysis website.

“They feel they have more to lose as a brand if Bard becomes widely available and gets derailed,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Rubin explained that Bard is being rolled out slowly because Google has a dominant position in the market and wants to position the chatbot as a continuation of its existing search product.

“Microsoft has a similar rollout with the use of AI in Office,” he said.

At this point, Vena said, the perception that Google is outpacing Microsoft has hurt, so Google will use its resources to make Bard the best tool on the market and stop worrying about being the first.

ChatGPT vs LaMDA

Vena said the product could benefit from creating a waiting list while slowing the full rollout of Bard.

“It reinforces a notion that the Bard is not ready for prime time,” he said. “But putting that notion aside, this is probably a wise move on Google’s part, as a staggered release allows them to work out bugs in a measured and deliberate manner, which is a good thing.”

Sterling stressed that waiting lists serve another purpose as well. “They’re trying to control who has access and how the conversation happens around Bard,” he said. “But in fairness, this is often the way tech products are rolled out.”

Hsiao and Collins note that currently, Bard is powered by a lightweight and optimized version of Google’s research large language model LaMDA, but over time the offering will be updated with newer, more capable models.

“BARD doesn’t seem as powerful as GPT-4, which OpenAI recently released, but because it’s connected to the internet, who it can trust to answer questions makes a difference, said Will Duffield, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank.

“Bard functions better as a personal assistant, but doesn’t perform as well on deeper analytical tasks, such as giving it a set of patch notes from a video game and asking how they would change the game’s state or analysis.” Supreme Court transcript,” he told TechNewsWorld.

multiple answer questions

Vena explained that LaMDA is specifically designed for natural language conversations and aims to be more context-aware than previous language models. It was trained on a wide variety of topics and could potentially be used in a variety of conversational applications, such as chatbots, voice assistants, and customer service tools.

Microsoft’s larger language model, on the other hand, he continued, was designed not specifically for dialog applications but for more general language understanding. Microsoft is working on a number of language models that attempt to improve natural language processing and generation in a variety of applications, including translation, sentiment analysis and question-answering.

Bard also departs from ChatGPT by drafting several of his responses to a question. “This gives users more flexibility to examine multiple query results, and that’s a good thing,” Vena said.

While offering multiple drafts gives consumers more choice and information, Sterling said, it also appears to be a defense against user criticism.

Overall, he said, Google is more cautious about its messaging and presentation about Bard than Microsoft is about Bing.

“Bing is courageous,” he said. “Microsoft has less to lose and is eager to embrace AI chat as an evolution of Bing.”

“For Google,” he continued, “it seems like it’s a new add-on that will get better over time. They’re undermining it as a search replacement. It partially meets user expectations.” and shaping broader market sentiments.