Google has introduced a new experimental AI chatbot named ‘Bard’, a conversational service aimed at countering the popularity of the ChatGPT tool backed by Microsoft. It is based on the company’s Language Model for Dialogue Application or LaMDA.
Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our large language models. It draws on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses.
In a blog post, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai also spoke about how AI-based features would be coming to Google Search as well. It should be noted that so far LaMDA was available in limited testing to select users of the company’s AI Test Kitchen app. Google’s announcement came on the eve of an AI-related launch event by Microsoft in yet a further sign that the two tech giants will do battle over the technology, also known as generative AI.
Google’s chatbot is supposed to be able to explain complex subjects such as outer space discoveries in terms simple enough for a child to understand. It also claims the service will also perform other more mundane tasks, such as providing tips for planning a party, or lunch ideas based on what food is left in a refrigerator.
Google also said that it will look at external feedback, along with “internal testing to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.”. Feedback for Google Bard, powered by LaMDA, is also crucial for the company. The software giant unveiled LaMDA in 2021. Google has also showcased several capabilities of LaMDA last year, including a new project called Wordcraft which was being used to help write fiction.
Next month, Google will start onboarding individual developers, creators and enterprises so they can try Generative Language API, initially powered by LaMDA with a range of models to follow. Over time, Google intends to create a suite of tools and APIs that will make it easy for others to build more innovative applications with AI.