Google has announced the development of an experimental conversational AI service, named “Bard”, to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The chatbot is designed to handle questions and answers using natural language processing and condense complex data to provide users with quick and easy access to information. The service will be integrated into Google’s search product to enhance its capabilities.
However, during a recent demonstration, Bard made a factual error. In a GIF shared on Twitter, Bard claimed that the James Webb Space Telescope took the first images of a planet outside our solar system, which has been corrected by astronomers and NASA.
In response to the error, a Google spokesperson stated that the company is launching a “Trusted Tester” program this week to ensure that Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety, and accuracy. External feedback will be combined with internal testing to ensure that Bard provides reliable information.
Google has also made updates to other products, including Google Lens, Google Translate, and Google Maps. Google Lens will allow users to search using photos and videos, while Google Translate will provide additional contextual translation choices. Google Maps will provide augmented reality directions and views of places of interest.
Bard is currently in closed beta for testing and is expected to be publicly available in the coming weeks. Microsoft’s integration of ChatGPT into Bing desktop search is available for a limited preview, with full access to be made available in the future.