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Google’s New AI Chatbot – Bard


Google has finally decided to answer the challenge and threat posed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI and its AI chatbot, ChatGPT. The search giant confirmed it will soon start public testing for a new AI chatbot of its own called Bard, based on the company’s Language Model for Dialogue Application or LaMDA.


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Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Bard?
  2. Key Difference between ChatGPT and Google’s Bard:
  3. Concerns with AI-based Generative Chatbots

What is Bard?

  • Bard is a conversational AI chatbot based on LaMDA and Google’s technology
  • Currently, it’s in an experimental stage and only accessible to trusted testers, with plans to make it more widely available in the coming weeks
  • Bard provides in-depth, conversational, and essay-style answers using information from the web
  • It’s a lightweight version of LaMDA that requires less computing power and is designed to scale to more users
  • The model is in a testing phase and Google is gathering feedback to ensure its responses meet high standards for quality, safety, and realism.

Key Difference between ChatGPT and Google’s Bard:

Information Access:

  • Bard has the ability to draw information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses.
  • ChatGPT cannot access real-time information from the Internet. Its language model was trained on a vast dataset to generate text based on input and only includes information until 2021.

Generated Responses:

  • Bard synthesises responses that reflect differing opinions for questions where there might not be a clear-cut answer.
  • ChatGPT responds to complex queries with varying degrees of accuracy but is limited by the information available in its training dataset.

Concerns with AI-based Generative Chatbots

  • Text generation software from Google and OpenAI can be prone to inaccuracies
  • The ability to access the Internet in real-time can lead to the generation of biased and stereotypical content, including hate speech
  • Google has taken a more cautious approach for Bard, possibly because of the risks involved
  • A 2020 draft research paper by Google AI researchers flagged the need to proceed carefully with text generation technology
  • The cautious approach resulted in two prominent researchers, Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, being fired.

-Source: Indian Express

November 2023