ChatGPT’s massive reach ever since its launch last November, seems to have finally affected Google and it has announced its very own ChatGPT alternative and rival named Bard.
Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, officially announced the project, describing the tool as an experimental conversational AI service, designed to engage in conversations with users while answering their queries.
Not many details are available about Bard’s capabilities, it seems apparent that the chatbot will have free-ranging characteristics like those of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
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.
A significant difference is that, unlike ChatGPT, which can only access information up to 2021 and does not have access to the web, Bard is powered by Google’s Language Model for Dialog Applications (LaMDA) and will draw on all the information from the web to curate responses.
Bard has been opened to trusted testers and intends to make it “more widely available to the public in the coming weeks.
Along with Google’s AI image generator, Imagen, and its AI music generator, MusicLM, Bard has also been added to a list of advanced AI services that have yet to be released to the public.
As google promises, Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and in real-world information, it is likely that Bard will face limitations like those faced by ChatGPT since both are built on text generation software. Besides being prone to providing fabricated information, AI models trained on text scraped online are susceptible to exhibiting racial and gender biases and repeating hateful language.
Its too early to predict the winner of the race since it is in development stage and many things yet to come. We will cover more when the development happens.