Google announced on Monday the launch of a chatbot service, which is expected to compete with Microsoft’s AI-powered ChatGPT.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced the chatbot, called Bard, in a blog post on Monday. It would be integrated into the search engine of the company.
The conversational AI service would be powered by LaMDA, Google’s own AI with the ability to generate human-like prose that a company engineer described as sentient last year. Google later dismissed the claim.
Microsoft announced last month that it was expanding its partnership with ChatGPT creator OpenAI. The chatbot can generate text, raising widespread concerns about cheating in schools and universities and rendering several professions obsolete.
What Do We Know About Bard?
Pichai stated in his Monday blog post that Bard would be tested on users for feedback before going public in the coming weeks. Google is also planning to add AI features to its popular search engine, which could answer complex questions like which musical instrument is the easiest to learn.
“Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of our large language models,” said Pichai, referring to artificial intelligence. He went on to say that it was based on a version of LaMDA that required less commuting power to be able to serve more users.
What remains to be seen is how Bard differs from its ChatGPT competitor. A demonstration of the conversational chatbot reveals that, similar to ChatGPT, it invites users to provide a prompt, with a warning that its response may be inappropriate or inaccurate.
Google-Microsoft AI Rivalry
Prior to the release of ChatGPT last November, Google had been hesitant to make advances in language-based AI due to widespread concerns about technology that was not yet ready.
When Microsoft announced its support for OpenAI, with the expectation that it would incorporate ChatGPT into its Bing search engine, Google came under increasing pressure. The search engine behemoth feared that an AI-powered Bing would erode its own popularity.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, reported poor earnings last week, increasing the urgency to compete in the chatbot field.