Google is putting out a chatbot called Bard that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to compete with ChatGPT.
The company said that a group of testers would use Bard before it is released to the public in the coming weeks.
Bard is based on Google’s existing large language model, Lamda. One engineer said that Lamda’s responses were so human-like that he thought it was alive.
The tech giant also said that its search engine would get new AI tools.
AI chatbots are made to find information and answer questions. ChatGPT is the one that everyone knows about. People use the internet as a huge source of information, even though there are worries that it can also contain offensive material and false information.
In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company’s new language model, Bard, aims to bring together a “vast array of human knowledge” with the “power, intellect, and creativity” of Google’s massive language models.
Mr. Pichai said that he wanted Google’s AI services to be “bold and responsible,” but he didn’t say how Bard would be stopped from sharing harmful or abusive content.
He said that at first, the platform would run on a “lightweight” version of Lamda, which would use less power and let more people use it at once.
People had been speculating that Microsoft would add the AI chatbot ChatGPT to its Bing search engine after putting billions of dollars into the company that made it, OpenAI. This led Google to make its announcement.
Based on information from the internet, as it was in 2021, ChatGPT can answer questions and carry out requests in text form. It can be used to make speeches, songs, ads, news stories, and student papers.
People can use it for free, but it costs the company a few pennies each time someone does. OpenAI just announced a paid plan to go along with the free access.
Experts think that the ultimate goal of chatbots is to replace pages of web links with one definitive answer in internet searches.
Sundar Pichai said that people are asking more complex questions through Google searches than they used to.
In the past, a common question about the piano might have been how many keys it has. Now, people are more likely to ask if it is harder to learn than the guitar, which is not an easy question to answer with facts.
“AI can help in these situations by putting together ideas for questions that don’t have one right answer,” he wrote.
“Soon, you’ll be able to use AI-powered features in Search to turn complicated information and different points of view into easy-to-understand formats. This will help you quickly get the big picture and learn more from the web.”