Google is set to launch its new experimental chatbot, Bard, in response to the widely popular ChatGPT by OpenAI. The company plans to test the chatbot with a select group before releasing it to the public in the coming weeks. Based on the experimental technology, LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), Bard is designed to be a storyteller.

As the AI industry continues to develop and test new chatbots that can discuss various topics, Google is among the companies striving to bring this technology to the forefront. The chatbots, a result of over a decade of research, have the potential to revolutionize internet search engines, digital assistants, and email programs. However, the technology also has its limitations, as chatbots learn from vast amounts of internet text, which may contain biases and inaccuracies.

Example of the new artificial intelligence features that Google will add to its search engine.

Google had previously been cautious about releasing this type of technology to the public due to concerns over potential biases and toxic statements. But the company’s hesitance was put to the test when ChatGPT was introduced, causing Google to expedite its own AI product releases. Google plans to release more than 20 AI products and features this year, including AI search engine features aimed at offering a more conversational experience. Additionally, the company plans to make its underlying AI technology available to partners to build new applications.

While chatbots like ChatGPT and LaMDA are more expensive to operate compared to traditional software, Google intends to make Bard a lighter version of LaMDA to serve the technology at a lower cost. The company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, also hinted at the arrival of AI features in the company’s search engine that would provide summaries of complex information.