Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai during a press conference at the Chancellery on March 29, 2022 in Warsaw, Poland.
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Google on Monday announced an artificial intelligence chatbot technology called “Bard” that the company will start rolling out in the coming weeks. The announcement confirms prior reporting from CNBC. Bard will compete directly with rival ChatGPT, an AI service created by OpenAI.
Bard is powered by the company’s larger language model LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogic Applications. A Monday blog post said Google would open up the conversation technology to “trusted testers” before making it more widely available to the public.
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Last week, CNBC reported that Google is testing some of these features with employees as part of a “Code Red” plan to respond to ChatGPT, the popular chatbot backed by Microsoft. They included a chatbot named “Apprentice Bard” as well as new search desktop designs that could be used in a question-and-answer format.
“Soon, you’ll see AI-powered features in search that deliver complex information and multiple perspectives in easy-to-digest formats, so you can quickly understand the big picture and learn more from the web: whether it’s looking for additional perspectives doing it, like blogs from people who play both piano and guitar, or going in-depth on a related topic, like steps to get started as a beginner,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote.
The company cited one example of using Bard to simplify complex topics, such as explaining new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old.
The product tests come after a recent all-hands meeting where employees raised concerns about the company’s competitive edge in AI given ChatGPT’s sudden popularity. Microsoft.
CNBC reported that Google’s AI chief, Jeff Dean, told employees at the time that the company had a greater “reputational risk” in providing false information and was thus “proceeding more conservatively than a smaller startup”. Is.” However, he and Pichai teased at the time that Google could launch similar products to the public sometime this year. Google’s core business is web search, and the company has long positioned itself as a leader in AI. Leaders have been asking more employees for feedback on the effort in recent weeks.
The company stressed on Monday that it will require rigorous testing, adding, “We will combine external feedback with our own internal testing to ensure that Bard’s responses are based on a quality, security and grounded in real-world information.” Meets the high bar.”