The heat of ChatGPT is becoming more and more popular and it has also reached Google. That’s why the search engine giant decided to launch an AI chatbot version called Google Bard.
With the new AI chatbot making a splash in the world, here’s everything you need to know about Google Bard- what its capabilities are and how you can access it.
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March 30, 2023
What exactly is Google Bard?
In its own words, “Google Bard is a large language modeling chatbot developed by Google AI. It is trained on a huge text and code dataset and can generate text, translate languages, write different types of creative content, and answer your questions in an informative manner. Bard is still under development but it has learned how to perform a variety of tasks.”
Bard is an AI chatbot created by Google to compete with other AI players. The platform was announced in February 2023 and users had to join the waiting list to test the capabilities of Google’s new initiative.
However, recently a company article from Google was published “As we continue to make additional improvements and introduce new features, we want to get Bard into the hands of more people so they can try it out and share their feedback with us.
“So today we’re clearing the waitlist and opening Bard to more than 180 countries and territories — with more coming soon.”
Bard is separate from Google Search. Bard can code, solve problems, and assist with writing needs, like most AI chatbots.
Google CEO mentioned “Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our great language models. It relies on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality feedback.
“Bard can be an outlet for creativity and a launching pad for curiosity, helping you explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old or learn more about Best strikers in football today and then get practice to build your skills.”
The platform opens with a welcome screen that displays each prompt at the top to demonstrate its capabilities.
Below the prompt, the welcome screen is mentioned “Meet Bard: your creative and helpful collaborator, here to enhance your imagination, increase productivity, and turn your ideas into reality.”
Furthermore, it also informs the user about Bard’s abilities “Bard is a test and may give inaccurate or inappropriate responses. You can help Bard become better by leaving feedback.”
The AI chatbot will then display the said consent dialog “Bard is an experiment
When you try Bard, remember:
Bard doesn’t always get it right
Bard may give inaccurate or inappropriate feedback. When in doubt, use the “Google it” button to check Bard’s response.
Bard will get better with your feedback
Please rate the answers and flag any content that may be offensive or unsafe.
Stay up to date with Bard innovations”
Unlike ChatGPT, this platform does not display reminder history on the left panel. However, there is an option called “Bard’s Activities” redirect to the prompt presented.
Bard lets you control how your activity data is stored. You can choose to automatically delete your activity data after a certain period of time, or you can delete it manually at any time.
What does Bard run on?
The platform is based on Google’s large language model (LLM) LaMDA.
Bard previously ran on Google’s LaMDA language model, trained on a massive text and code dataset.
However, it has now moved to a newer and more powerful language model. PaLM 2 can create text, translate languages, write different types of creative content, and answer questions informatively.
Sundar Pichai in the latest Google I/O mentioned “That’s the opportunity we have with Bard, our experiment in conversational AI that we launched in March.
“We grew Bard quickly. It now supports a wide range of programming capabilities and has become much smarter at providing reasoning and math suggestions. And as of today, it is now fully running on PaLM 2.”
How to access Google Bard?
Here is how one can use Google Bard:
- Access Google Bard through bard.google.com
- The platform requires a login so one can use their Google Account to access Bard
- Agree to terms of service
- Start using Google Bard!
When accessing the platform, it shows up “I am Bard, your creative and helpful collaborator. I have my limitations and don’t always get it right but your feedback will help me improve.
“Not sure where to start? You can try:
Tell me about the code in the Google/jax GitHub repository
Wrote lyrics for a heartbreaking song titled “Lovesick”
How should I make a quick, balanced, vegetarian meal? It should be high in protein and fiber. “
Google Bard differentiates itself from its competitors by offering multiple answer drafts to prompts, as well as a “Google it” options to help users find additional sources of information.
Google Bard vs ChatGPT: Which is better?
Initially, ChatGPT did not have the ability to collect information from the internet while Bard worked with internet access that gave it an edge over its competitors. Bard is trained on a massive text and code dataset that can pull real-time information from the internet.
Here’s an example- Both platforms are presented with prompts “What is the last hour stock news?” and here are the answers:
Bard- “Here are some of the top stock news headlines of the past hour:
“Tech stocks rise as investors bet on strong earnings: Technology stocks are rising in early trading, led by gains from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. Investors are betting that these companies will report strong earnings in the coming weeks.
“Oil prices fall as investors worry about global economic growth: Oil prices fell in early trading as investors worry about the impact of rising interest rates on global economic growth . Crude oil fell about 2% to 105 USD/barrel.
“US stocks open higher as investors update Fed meeting minutes: US stocks open higher as investors view minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting. The minutes showed the Fed committed to raising interest rates to fight inflation.
“Bitcoin falls below $30,000 as investors sell off risky assets: Bitcoin falls below $30,000 as investors sell off risky assets. The cryptocurrency is down about 10% in the past 24 hours.
US Dollar Index Rises as Investors Seek Safety: US Dollar Index is Rising as Investors Seek Safety. The dollar rose about 0.5% against a basket of currencies.
“These are just a few of the top stock news headlines from the past hour. For more information, please visit your favorite financial news website.”
ChatGPT- “I’m sorry, but as an AI language model, I don’t have the real-time data or web browsing capabilities to provide you with the latest stock news. Stock market information is very time-sensitive and constantly changing.
“It is best to consult financial news sites, specialized stock market platforms or consult a financial advisor for up-to-date and accurate information on stock news. Some popular financial news websites include:
Yahoo Finance: https://finance.yahoo.com/
Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/
These platforms provide comprehensive information on news, analysis and real-time updates on the stock market.”
Additionally, Google Bard is lacking in providing sources. A test reminder was presented stating this “Give me sources about Indian History with links” and here are the answers:
Bard- “I’m a text-based AI and can’t support that.”
ChatGPT- “I apologize for any confusion. As an AI text-based model, I do not have the direct browsing capabilities to provide you with direct links.
“However, I can still provide you the names of some reputable sources on Indian history along with their official websites. You can search for these sources on your favorite search engine to access their content. Here are some examples:
“National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT): Official website – https://ncert.nic.in/
“NCERT textbooks are widely used in schools and provide a comprehensive overview of Indian history.
“Archaeological Survey of India (ASI): Official website – https://asi.nic.in/
“ASI is responsible for archaeological research and conservation of historical monuments in India.
Indian History and Culture by Majid Husain: Books are available in many online bookstores.
“This book is a popular choice for studying Indian history and provides a comprehensive understanding of the subject.
“Oxford University Press India: Official website – https://www.oup.co.in/
“Oxford University Press publishes a wide range of books on Indian history, covering different periods and aspects.
“JSTOR: Website – https://www.jstor.org/
“JSTOR is a digital library that offers a variety of scholarly articles and research materials on a variety of topics, including Indian history.”
Although ChatGPT does not have real-time internet access, it still provides several sources to make Indian History accessible.
Another factor that makes Bard better than ChatGPT is that it can be accessed using voice prompts. This is a convenient way to get feedback while multitasking, and it may be the first time that voice is used as a prompt on an AI chatbot.
Google has focused on improving the user experience for Bard by providing the option to export responses in Google Docs or as Drafts in Gmail. This is a convenient feature that allows users to save their answers for later use or to share with others. ChatGPT does not offer this feature, which makes Bard a more user-friendly option.
The ongoing debate between ChatGPT and Bard revolves around their unique strengths and areas for improvement. Both AIs are continually evolving, driven by the pursuit of improving their abilities and understanding of human language.