Google Launches ChatGPT Rival “Bard” AI

Google has finally launched its answer to ChatGPT and named it Bard. The news came early this morning as Google made some big changes to answer the uncertainties surrounding Google’s future against the threat posed by ChatGPT.

The news came from the CEO of Google Sundar Pichai who said the application will only be available to a few testers at the moment, but they are already looking forward to making Bard public in just a couple of weeks. The world is holding its breath to see what will happen next.


What is Bard?

Bard is built on a large language model, which is very similar to ChatGPT. The AI will have access to all of the information available online and generate responses for the users after every query is made. Sundar Pichai said:

“Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our large language models. It draws on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses.”

The AI will first be powered by LaMDA, which is Google’s very own AI platform. The LaMDA was created to generate human-like prose and was first described as sentiment by Google’s engineers last year. However, Google rejected it soon after.

Microsoft recently extended its partnership with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. ChatGPT has the ability to generate text, causing widespread concerns about cheating in educational institutions and potential job loss in certain fields.

In a Monday blog post, Pichai announced that Bard will undergo user testing for feedback prior to its public release in the near future. Google is also planning to integrate AI into its popular search engine to better handle complex inquiries, such as determining which musical instrument is easier to learn.

When Microsoft announced its support of OpenAI and plans to integrate ChatGPT into Bing, Google faced growing pressure. The search giant feared that an AI-powered Bing could harm its popularity. In response, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, was spurred by last week’s poor earnings report to ramp up competition in the chatbot space.

Now it is just a waiting game to see what happens next.

Rabia Tanveer
Rabia Tanveer
Rabia Tanveer is a graduate from Kinnaird College for Women and holds a Bachelors in English Literature. She is a seasoned freelance writer with more than a decade of experience in multiple niches.
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