Google has announced Bard, the launch of its new artificial intelligence chatbot technology which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Google Bard will compete directly with Microsoft ChatGPT. The technology behind Bard is powered by Google’s large language model LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) and will be open to “trusted testers” before being made widely available to the public.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post that soon users will see AI-powered features in Google Search that will simplify complex information and multiple perspectives. He gave an example of using Bard to explain complex topics like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope discoveries to a 9-year-old.
The launch of Bard comes after Google employees raised concerns about the company’s competitive edge in AI, given the sudden popularity of ChatGPT, a technology backed by Microsoft. Google’s AI chief, Jeff Dean, told employees that the company has more “reputational risk” in providing wrong information and thus, is moving more conservatively.
Google has stressed the importance of rigorous testing and stated that they will combine external feedback with internal testing to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety, and groundedness in real-world information.
With the announcement of Bard, Google is taking a big step in the AI chatbot technology space race.