Google unveiled Bard, an AI tool designed to compete with ChatGPT, on Tuesday. In a blog post co-authored by Sissie Hsiao, Google’s Product VP, and Eli Collins, the Research VP, the company announced the initial rollout of Bard for “trusted testers”. According to the blog post, Bard “lets you collaborate with generative AI”.
“Today we’re starting to open access to Bard, an early experiment that lets you collaborate with generative AI,”
“Today we’re starting to open access to Bard, an early experiment that lets you collaborate with generative AI,” Hsiao and Collins wrote in the blog post.
Fox Business reported that the initial rollout of Bard is limited to “trusted testers,” but individuals residing in the United States and the United Kingdom can sign up for a waiting list to try out the tool.
Google’s latest offering, Bard, has been unveiled as an AI tool set to compete with ChatGPT. Bard is “powered by a research large language model,” Google says, and will be updated over time. LLMs, the company says, are essentially prediction engines that act on one word at a time, when prompted. The more people use LLMs, the better they get at predicting the most helpful responses.
In a recent blog post co-authored by Sissie Hsiao, Google’s Product VP, and Eli Collins, the Research VP, the company announced the initial rollout of Bard for “trusted testers.” The innovative tool allows for collaboration with generative AI and is expected to revolutionize the way we think about artificial intelligence.
In Google’s post, the company makes careful note of AI’s limitations and risks. “Because they learn from a wide range of information that reflects real-world biases and stereotypes, those sometimes show up in their outputs. And they can provide inaccurate, misleading or false information while presenting it confidently,” the post says.
As Fox Business reported, those residing in the United States and the United Kingdom can join a waiting list to try out the groundbreaking technology.
In a humorous example of the limitations of AI technology, the authors of Google’s blog post about Bard used the tool to help create the post itself. When prompted to come up with a fun way to wrap up the post, Bard responded with: “And that’s all for today, folks! Thanks for reading, and as always, remember to stay hydrated and eat your vegetables. Until next time, Bard out!”
According to the post, Google has built in “guardrails” to ensure the quality and safety of Bard, and is using human feedback and evaluation to continue improving its systems. The post also acknowledges the limitations and potential risks of AI technology, as it can sometimes reflect real-world biases and provide inaccurate or false information.
Access to Bard was rolled out on Tuesday for users in the United States and United Kingdom, and more countries and languages will be added over time, according to Google. To test-drive the chatbot, interested users can sign up at bard.google.com with a personal Google account and must be 18 years or older. The company assures that Bard conversations will not be used for advertising purposes at this time. Upon signing up, users may receive an automated reply thanking them and confirming their inclusion on the waitlist. One such reply reportedly included a poem composed by Bard that read, “May your day be bright, your mood be light, and your heart filled with delight.”