Ever since the conversational artificial intelligence (AI) ChatGPT took the world by storm with its impressive capabilities, all eyes have been on Google to see how the tech giant would respond to this apparent competitor to its dominance over search.
Enter Bard, Google’s own chatbot which Sundar Pichai, the company’s CEO, says “seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our large language models”.
Bard operates in a similar manner to ChatGPT and Bing as it is an AI-based chatbot that provides text-based assistance to users. However, unlike ChatGPT, which relied on browser extensions to access the internet, Bard has direct access to the internet to provide relevant answers to users. This feature makes Bard more convenient and easier to use, particularly for users who need quick and reliable answers to their inquiries.
One of the features of Bard is its language model LaMDA, which Google introduced two years ago. LaMDA is built on a neural network structure called “Transformer”.
Interestingly, both Google and OpenAI, the makers of ChatGPT, use the Transformer structure for their language models.
At present, Bard is only available in the US and the UK. Users in other countries will have to wait for its release. However, based on the recent release of Microsoft’s new Bing version, it is expected that users worldwide will soon have access to Bard.
Despite being an early experiment, Bard performs well and provides quick and reliable answers to various text-based inquiries. Compared to ChatGPT and Bing, Bard is faster, likely due to its low usage rate. ChatGPT’s free version, for instance, can sometimes become overwhelmed and fail to provide complete responses.
In conclusion, Google’s latest AI chatbot, Bard, promises to be a worthy competitor to other popular chatbots, with its unique features and direct access to the internet. Although it is still in its early stages, Bard’s impressive performance suggests that it has the potential to revolutionize the chatbot industry.