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.

Advances in education technology, or edtech, come from a change in approach in the face of shortcomings. Innovative educational technology can adapt existing tools or create new tools to help people overcome barriers to learning.

King of the Curve (KOTC) is a disruptive edtech startup that is all set to help address the growing shortage of doctors. KOTC combines sports and social strategies to help science students score better on medical school entrance exams and related challenges. The company is also developing productivity-style apps to help health care workers in the field better manage the challenges of medical treatment.

Heather Rutledge-Jukes founded the company to pursue a career in psychology before focusing on becoming a surgeon. He is now a medical student at Washington University School of Medicine.

Before entering medical school, however, he took an unlikely detour to put his science skills to use as a software developer. Rutledge-Jucks transitioned from designing instructional strategies for people with dyslexia to creating a series of exam preparation apps for medical school applicants.

KOTC does not copy other self-learning products and is not based on typical learning app thinking.

“People have their own learning paths. Education should be based on that. It’s not just cookie-cutter templates for everyone,” Rutledge-Jukes told TechNewsWorld.

The app is optimized for user performance

That philosophy is evident in his educational path. As a psychology major, Rutledge-Jukes researched various teaching methods. His research focused primarily on using video games to learn valid skills such as eye-hand coordination, strategic thinking, critical thinking, and more.

After graduating from college, he designed learning tools for children with dyslexia. That effort included the creation of tactile devices for young students to better understand and retain information.

Unlike other learning tools, KOTC does not become routine or less useful to users due to over-familiarity. Instead, the app adapts to the user’s performance so that they can improvise, not just memorize predetermined answers.

King of the Curve's gamification app for MCAT study

The King of the Curve app uses game-based elements to help students study for the Medical School Entrance Exam. Its features include Adaptive Question Bank, Review Mode, Endless Mode, Timed Mode and Multiplayer Mode. (Photos courtesy of King of the Curve)

Educational apps may remain without updates for extended periods. Or they rely on rote learning strategies, which limit progress to the test of learning. “It makes users more desperate to try something else,” Rutledge-Jukes said.

make a better mousetrap

Rutledge-Jucks launched KOTC in 2020 with a focus on preparing students for the Medical School Admissions Test, known as the Medical College Admission Test or MCAT. Test prep for admission to medical schools was a logical starting point for his company’s first educational app. The developer was already well aware of its contents.

“That’s how we started. That was the seed to put together this app to help people qualify for various tests,” he said.

KOTC’s mission, as its founders see it, is simple: to turn student stress into success. In this way the student of today becomes the professional of tomorrow.

Solving a National Medical Crisis

KOTC’s unique strategy for preparing students for the MCAT is helping it accept more applicants in its own way. It could take up to 10 years to train competent physicians, according to 2022 AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, in a Leadership Viewpoint column.

In its report released in June 2021, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projected that the US faces a shortfall of 37,800 physicians – and 124,000 within 12 years. Preventing “game over” for Doctor Optimistic.

Routledge-Jukes said that 60% of people who apply to medical school are not accepted. Applicants are three times more likely to attend medical school if they score above 510 on the MCAT, and it is the only part of the med school application that is standardized.

KOTC has an impressive success rate in helping applicants score high marks. The score range for the MCAT is 472 to 528 for the four-part written test. The scores of the four sections are added to form the total score. The midpoint is 500.

The KOTC development team is staffed by people who are intimately familiar with the MCAT testing process. To be hired, they must score in the 99th percentile.

expansion plans

The app developer also meets that standard, which makes sense from the app user’s point of view. Rutledge-Jucks took the MCAT and scored well “above the curve,” so she’s well-versed in its content. To start with, he handled most of the query silo and app building tasks himself.

Heather Rutledge-Jucks is the founder of King of the Curve
Heather Routledge-Jukes, Founder
king of curves

“I consider myself a tech founder in that sense as well. Not just tech on the content side, but tech on the development side,” he offered.

He built most of the early apps and taught himself app programming when the pandemic shut down. He started the KOTC project with the help of two co-founders and an angel investor. One of his primary jobs now, while still attending medical school, is leading the team.

Since earning more revenue by adding in-app features, he has been able to engage more workers. Once users are in the app, they can purchase customizations and additional upgrades.

His company’s staff fluctuates between two to 10 full-time and part-time employees, who either excel in the testing content areas or app building. This includes four interns, two content specialists and two developers.

“We are definitely expanding the team as we grow. Right now, we are about to open an investment round to expand the team even further,” said Rutledge-Jukes.

Test Prep Course Inventory

KOTC’s learning lineup now offers test prep apps for a range of professional entrance exams, with more updates to come. Staff includes students and researchers in each test preparation area. They maintain high level content.

The primary course list includes the Medical School Entrance Examination for Nursing Examination (NCLEX), the Physician Assistant College Admission Test (PA-CAT) and the Registered Dietitian Examination (RDE) for the Master’s Examination.

According to Rutledge-Jukes, the company plans to expand into two other high-pressure academic test preparation areas: the LSAT for law school candidates and the Bachelor of Accounting (BACC) entrance exam.

To provide a more all-inclusive option for future users, the company plans to expand its existing website as a home base for online learning, apart from offering Test Prep through a mobile app. Yes, Rutledge-Jukes agreed.

Apps are now available for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. However, some are not available on all three platforms.

for established medical professionals

The ongoing purpose of KOTC is to help students and entry-level health care professionals enhance their knowledge. It is now also catering to the needs of already established practitioners. These other app categories address a much broader range of content and target specific business areas that are mostly medical-related.

For example, current procedural terminology (CPT) aims to improve the patient experience with medical providers at the bedside. A team of pre-medical students devised their intuitive technique to limit barriers for patients in discussing the finances involved in important medical decisions.

One of the latest is the Rutledge-Jukes Telecatalyst, due to be introduced in March 2022. This app specifically caters to the needs of medical personnel in Tanzania who require a data collection and telehealth app.

Regenerative Pain and Spine App is also under development for medical support. Anesthetists will use it to generate reports about their patients to record blood pressure, machine checks and patient information during surgery.

Simplify the process with deep learning

According to the developer, med school candidates have few options besides taking industry-standard tests or paying the higher tuition associated with hiring tutors.

“We have designed our app to promote a sports and social element as all these students are going through the same process. As soon as they move on, they should be in the same team,” Rutledge-Juks said.

Some 7,000 questions built into this all-in-one MCAT study game are divided into six categories: biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and behavioral science.

“We basically leave all the questions up to the user in the beginning. We’re able to provide people with the product if they can’t subscribe at all. They can still use it and still prepare effectively.” Huh.’

But the add-on lets students maximize their effectiveness by zeroing in on specific parts of the test, he said. The app recommends videos to watch and points students to particular parts of the study guide based on the accuracy of the answers.

Another benefit of KOTC is the comment section on individual questions where people can explain their rationale. Test Prep challenges students to compare section-by-section scores to other users as they go through the program.

“This is an oversimplification, but we also have monthly competitions between schools. For example, every March, we mimic March Madness, but we do it with schools across the United States, and their users compete with theirs. Will improve,” the developer explained.

covering all bases

KOTC is built on a holistic picture of edtech, including elements from adaptive learning fields. Competency based education is also an important element.

“I think competency-based learning is the future of education,” Rutledge-Jucks said. “Once you have the foundation, it hits these checkboxes.”

King of the Curve is available on Google Play and the App Store.