Sundar Pichai, Google and Alphabet’s CEO, proudly announced the company’s next step in advancing the artificial intelligence (AI) game. Bard, as the tech giant calls it, is about to be publicly accessible in the coming weeks.
His immediate announcement has intrigued potential users on how it’ll play out, most notably that AI startups are seemingly ahead. One of its prime examples is the revolutionary ChatGPT that recently went live on Bing and Edge browser to give a new search landscape.
Despite the competitors’ strategy of openly releasing info about their tech products, Google is slightly tight-lipped; it only has a glimpse of Bard shared with the public.
A Glimpse of Google’s AI Experiment
Google aims to take a step forward in the growing AI competition with its new tech Bard, which Pichai described as an ongoing conversational service experiment. The Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) will work with Bard to help produce free-flowing and more natural human-like discussions while following the company’s AI principles. It’ll serve as an approach to responsibly launching tech products as it strives to advance long-term.
As Pichai explains, Bard will deploy answers to queries with proper knowledge combined with the large language model’s (LLM) capabilities. Basically, it’s a chatbot like ChatGPT, but data is pulled from the web to ensure up-to-date and reliable information.
He also shares that this AI tool can break down complicated topics into easily understandable language, which makes it suitable for things like introducing NASA discoveries to young readers. Furthermore, it provides users with creative inspiration, including suggestions for event planning.
These examples work similarly to other AIs that launched before them. There’s no way to assess its real advantages compared to others, as it’s currently conducting private testing for improvements. But as all competitors know, Google has years of expertise in this industry, presenting a significant challenge to competitors.
Pichai’s official announcement even reminded everyone about the company’s pioneering efforts in the AI industry. He claims that their transformer projects and other advanced models paved the way for generative AI work in different applications. In short, its expertise lies in the same tech that powered its rival ChatGPT.
Google proved some truth along those lines, given that it could work on multiple tech advancements, including PaLM, which is allegedly a more powerful AI than ChatGPT, capable of simultaneously processing more inputs. And now, all eyes are on BARD and ChatGPT.
The AI competition is tough ahead and is more likely far from over, especially with many startups popping up simultaneously.
Google’s Response to the Rising Competition
Google has long dominated the search industry, providing factual and fresh answers to queries. However, the game started changing when users argued the potential of ChatGPT dethroning Google Search.
The claims spread like wildfire, but it wasn’t a threat since OpenAI designed ChatGPT as a chatbot rather than a search engine like Google. As quickly as the assumptions died down, Microsoft moved too fast, securing a partnership with the startup company.
Currently, Microsoft’s ChatGPT-supported Bing is reportedly accessible to waitlisted members. But it’s not the only challenger; ex-Google SVP also launched an AI-powered search engine named NeevaAI, which generally got positive feedback on ProductHunt.
It seems like Google has no other choice but to level up its search game. Pichai leads the announcement by explaining that they’ll be incorporating AI features in Search, providing users with summarized answers to their queries. However, there’s yet to be a specific date to expect this change.
Additionally, the tech giant considers onboarding individuals to experience their planned advancements.
Developers can soon try our Generative Language API, initially powered by LaMDA with a range of models to follow. Over time, our goal is to create a set of tools and APIs that will make it easy for others to build more innovative applications with AI.Sundar Pichai
As Google continues to forge ahead with its plans, one thing is certain: it’s not yet ready to give up its dominance. And perhaps, the tech giant’s unwavering determination can be a testament to the growing influence of AI in shaping the future.
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