Google and Microsoft are incorporating artificial intelligence into Word, Excel, Gmail, and more
Google, an Alphabet Inc. company, released its chatbot Bard to the public on Tuesday in a move to overtake Microsoft Corp. in the race for artificial intelligence technology, which is advancing swiftly.
Consumers in the US and UK may now join a queue for English-language access to Bard, a programme that was previously only accessible to approved testers. Google describes Bard as an experiment in collaborative generative AI, a method that creates material rather than just recognising it.
In the technology sector, there has been a rush to make AI more approachable since the release of ChatGPT, a chatbot from Microsoft-backed company OpenAI, last year. The objective is to alter people's behaviour in order to attract customers.
Only last week, two days apart, Google and Microsoft each made a flurry of AI-related announcements. The companies are incorporating draft-writing technology into their word processors and other collaborative products in addition to offering tools for web developers to build their own AI-based services.
Senior product director Jack Krawczyk denied that competition was a role in Bard's adoption, saying that Google was more concerned with the needs of its users. Both internal and external testers have sought him out to "raise their productivity, accelerate their ideas, and really fuel their curiosity," according to Bard.
Mr Krawczyk offered Reuters a tour of the website bard.google.com and showed how, in contrast to ChatGPT, which types down replies word by word, the machine creates text blocks quickly.
Users of Bard could select from three different "draughts" of any given response, and there was a button that stated "Google it" if they wished to look up an answer online.
Nonetheless, precision still presents a challenge. A Google pop-up notice that appeared during the presentation read, "Bard will not always get it right." In a promotional video last month, Bard gave the incorrect answer to a question, which resulted in a $100 billion loss in Alphabet's market value.
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Google pointed up a few mistakes during this week's demo to Reuters, noting, for instance, that Bard had mistakenly claimed, in response to one enquiry, that ferns needed strong, indirect light.
Bard sent nine paragraphs in response to a request for four on a separate issue. After that response, Mr Krawczyk gave his opinion by selecting the "feedback" option and giving it a thumbs-down.
We are aware of the limitations of the technology, so we want to be very careful about how quickly we roll this out, he continued.