Google has released its artificial tool, Google Bard, to assist users with simple or complex functions. Despite being in the beta stage, Google has made the chatbot accessible to over 180 countries, including India. This chatbot rivals ChatGPT regarding operations, UI, features, and limitations. Powered by LaMDA and PaLM2, Google Bard AI simplifies complex tasks, making it the perfect coding and writing tool.
The search engine giant announced this new development in its Google I/O 2023 meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. In a blog post, Sissie Hsiao, Google Assistant’s Vice President and General Manager, briefed the media and users on the new experimental AI tool. He said, “As we continue to make additional improvements and introduce new features, we want to get Bard into more people’s hands so they can try it out and share their feedback with us. So today, we’re removing the waitlist and opening up Bard to over 180 countries and territories — with more coming soon.”
Google Bard will allow users to access it in multiple languages, including Bengali, Japanese, and Korean. The chatbot aims to incorporate various languages responsibly to replicate cultural and language-based technicalities, dialects, and nuances correctly. Hsiao shares that Google plans to add 40 languages to Bard. Currently, Bard can assign tasks, provide answers, and take requests.
To use the chatbot, users must visit ‘bard.google.com’ or enter ‘Google Bard’ in Google’s search bar. Upon opening the website, the browser will open a new window, notifying users of the chatbot, its description, guidelines, and instructions. It will also inform the users about Bard’s features and abilities. Once the user signs in, they can use the chatbot by clicking the ‘Try Bard’ button. Clicking the button will redirect them to a new page, where they can enter their questions. Users who have experience using ChatGPT will find Google Bard easy to navigate.
Despite being called ChatGPT’s rival and sharing certain similarities, Bard is a unique tool. One of the most significant differences in the Google Bard vs. ChatGPT debate is their upgradation. Unlike ChatGPT, Bard automatically upgrades and updates its system with the latest technological advancements. Furthermore, ChatGPT’s function is limited to only data-based information in its database until September 2021. On the other hand, Bard will provide the latest data while citing accurate sources for each piece of information on a single website or page.
Moreover, ChatGPT follows a prescribed syntax when resolving queries, answering questions, or providing suggestions, whereas Bard alters its responses based on the situation. Instead of generating an answer in one take, Bard allows various responses, allowing users to pick the one that looks best. OpenAI’s ChatGPT generates responses from its limited archive that stopped updating after September 2021. Alternatively, Google Bard collects data from various sources in real-time, making the information more authentic, reliable, and current.
The AI Google Bard chatbot is powered by LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), a compilation of the most significant language models developed by Google. The idea of operation Bard using LaMDA was first pitched in 2020; back then, it went by ‘Meena.’ Google finally released the first draft of Bard at Google’s 2021 I/O meet. The 2023 I/O keynote marked Bard’s second-generation phase.
Google Bard’s features will cover the existing Google applications, integrating with their current features to make the applications more advanced and user-friendly. The search engine leader will implement Bard in various applications, such as Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Photos, and Gmail, to optimize the user experience. It will help users write emails in Gmail, view safer and more manageable routes in Google Maps, and edit photos using Magic Editor in Google Photos.