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Google’s response to ‘ChatGPT’: Bard

Google has finally decided to respond to Microsoft-backed OpenAI and its AI chatbot, ChatGPT.

What is Bard, when can I access it?

  • Google’s Bard has been in development for several years and is based on LaMDA, the company’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications system.
  • It is a “experimental conversational AI service,” according to Sunder Pichai.
  • Google will make it available to trusted testers before making it widely available to the public in the coming weeks.
  • It is not yet available to the general public.

What is Bard based on?

  • Bard is based on Transformer technology, which also powers ChatGPT and other AI bots.
  • Google pioneered transformer technology, which was made open-source in 2017.
  • Transformer technology is a neural network architecture that can predict outcomes based on inputs. It is primarily used in natural language processing and computer vision technology.
  • A Google engineer previously claimed LaMDA was a’sentient’ being with consciousness.

How does it function?

  • Bard uses information from the internet to provide unique, high-quality responses.
  • In short, it will provide in-depth, conversational, and essay-style responses, much like ChatGPT does now.
  • It requires much less computing power, allowing us to scale to more users and provide more feedback.

How about its processing power?

  • Remember that running these models requires a significant amount of computing power.
  • ChatGPT, for example, is powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud services.
  • This also explains why the service frequently encounters errors due to a high volume of users.

The primary distinction between ChatGPT and Google’s Bard

  • Google appears to have an ace up its sleeve to take on ChatGPT: the ability to draw information from the Internet.
  • Bard uses information from the internet to provide unique, high-quality responses.
  • ChatGPT has impressed with its ability to respond to complex queries — albeit with varying degrees of accuracy — but perhaps its most significant shortcoming is that it cannot access real-time information from the Internet.
  • ChatGPT’s language model was trained on a massive dataset to generate text based on input, but the dataset is currently only up to 2021.

Is Bard superior to ChatGPT?

  • Right now, Bard appears to be a limited release.
  • Google is currently soliciting feedback on Bard, so it is difficult to say whether it will be able to answer more questions than ChatGPT.
  • Google has also not specified how much knowledge Bard possesses.
  • For example, we know that ChatGPT’s knowledge is limited to events until 2021.
  • Of course, it is based on LaMDA, which has been making headlines for quite some time.

Why is Google announcing Bard now?

  • Bard’s announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to announce the integration of ChatGPT into its Bing Search engine.
  • Although Google invented the ‘Transformer’ technology, it is now regarded as a latecomer to the AI revolution.
  • ChatGPT has been dubbed the “End of Google Search” because conversational AI can provide long, essay-style, and sometimes elegant responses to user queries.
  • Of course, not all of these are correct, but AI is capable of self-correction and learning from mistakes.
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