Everything we know so far about Google's Bard chatbot

Everything we know so far about Google's Bard chatbot

Artificial intelligence programs have made huge waves over the past three years, such as DALL-E and its ability to generate images of literally anything you command it, and GPT and its ability to create text conversations similar to those conducted by humans via WhatsApp to respond to the most complex answers in a few moments. The potential of this technology is incredible, which led to the collision of American technology giants, such as Google and Microsoft, to compete to adopt it in improving the efficiency of their software and digital products. Although artificial intelligence programs were not smart enough in their infancy, they developed in a crazy way that made some wonder not only about the extent of replacing humans with artificial intelligence in the labor market but also about the future of humans at the mercy of artificial intelligence, especially after the LaMDA accident that changed our view. towards the future!

Since the launch of GPT-3, the ChatGPT bot and the developer company OpenAI have become widely resonant in the headlines, but Google seems to have another opinion in this regard, as the company announced that it is working on a new competitor in the arena called Bard and that it is testing it internally before its launch within weeks.  In early February 2023, Google CEO "Sander Pichai" appeared to officially announce via the company's blog about the Bard tool, describing it as an experimental artificial intelligence chat service that will answer users' questions and engage in conversations with them, and that it is being tested by trusted people before it becomes available to a larger number. of users in the coming weeks. Indeed, Google has officially announced via a blog published by two of the project leaders yesterday that registration is open for more users to try the Bard robot.

Below, we will learn more details about the ChatGPT competitor from Google, including the steps for registering in the queue so that you can get early access to the Bard bot and how to use it.

What are the capabilities of the Bard bot?

The Bard chatbot works similarly to the ChatGPT bot or Bing's chat feature in that it comes with a plain interface that allows you to chat with the AI by asking and answering questions. The bot is based on the Large Language Model (LLM), a deep learning model that can process and understand natural language at scale. Anyway, according to the official Google post, Bard is a service that can be used to "increase productivity, organize your plans, and satisfy your curiosity." You can turn to Bard for tips on your goal of reading more books this year, or have him explain quantum physics in easy terms, or stimulate your creativity by selecting a blog post. We've learned a lot so far with testing the bard, and the next critical step in improving it is looking at feedback from more people."

Based on images attached to the blog that showcase the bot's features, a user can ask Bard how to plan a baby shower, compare two Oscar-winning movies, or suggest dinners that can be made with a combination of ingredients. Also, the CEO of Google stated that the Bard bot could be a platform for creativity and a launch to learn more about the best strikers in football right now, or get skills-building training. The most important thing is that the Bard bot beats the ChatGPT bot completely in the online information generation feature, that is, it can answer current events with high accuracy, which the ChatGPT bot cannot do!

But on account of feedback from those who've tried the bot recently, Bard isn't as accurate at answering questions as compared to Bing chats or ChatGPT and even though it gets answers from Google search results, it seems easy to trick it into answering wrong. It is also worth noting that Google has set ethical standards in the model on which Bard is based in order to ensure that it does not respond with reckless answers or that the conversation between the user and artificial intelligence gets out of control, and it also confirmed that it will set limits on the number of exchanges in the dialogue in order to keep the responses useful and related to the context of the topic, but This will not limit the number of daily chats, according to a company spokesperson.

In general, there are no major differences between Bing or ChatGPT and the Bard bot, and if negative differences are found, it will be the result of Google's rush to compete with Microsoft, as the sudden announcement of Bird last month is a clear indication that the company did not consider developing a competitor to the ChatGPT bot except last year with its launch, and although the latter is not so revolutionary, OpenAI's wise decision to release it for free to the public caused its spread in this way in relation to other language formation models, which prompted Google to think carefully about the impact of ChatGPT and its likes on education, work, and most importantly, the effectiveness of search engines.

How will we be able to use the Bard bot?

When Google revealed Bard for the first time last February, it did not mention many details regarding this point, and by looking at the images attached in the statement it was clear that the method will not differ much from the ChatGPT bot, you will of course have to log in with a Gmail account as in the rest of the services Google, you will be able to ask the bot about any information or ask it, for example, to write a poem, an article, a small research, or a short story by writing your question, request, or command in a field designated for that, just like the ChatGPT bot.

It also seemed clear from the images that Google plans to integrate Bard into the search engine, as the CEO of the company put forward in the blog a practical example of that, which is writing a question in the search box whether learning guitar is easier than piano or vice versa, and here you will see the correct answer and below are sources Such as articles and blog which user can read to know more details and delve into their queries.

This was all the information we knew about how to use the Bard bot until Google announced in March 2023 that access to a beta version of Bard would be made exclusively available by registering in a queue, where users could register and reserve their place in the queue using a Google account, except that they get early access to Bard.

So, all you have to do to sign up for the Bard beta is visit the official Bard site at bard.google.com and press the 'Join Waitlist' button to join the waitlist, and as we mentioned, you'll have to sign in with your Google account first. Here it should be noted that Google does not allow Google Workspace accounts to sign up for Bard. At least for now, if you try, you'll see the message "This Google Account isn't supported" as well. Accounts belonging to people under the age of 18 cannot be signed in.

In addition, Google only allows user accounts in the US or UK to sign up for Bard currently. Google says it may allow registration in more countries in the future, but if you can't wait you can use any VPN service to bypass this requirement and make your Google account look like it's in the US or UK.

Once you've joined the waitlist, you'll receive an email. You've been added to the waitlist, and when it's your turn to try Bard you'll receive another "It's your turn to try Bard" email. It's not clear how long the queue will be, but on the day registrations opened, March 21, 2023, it only took a few hours before Google invited user accounts in the US and UK to try out the early version of Bard.

In any case, when you receive the approval message, click on the "Take it for a spin" button to be directed to the bot page, where the terms and conditions of privacy and licenses for use are displayed. Agree to it by clicking on "I agree", then another message will appear informing you that Bard is still on stage. To test, press "Got it" to direct you to the main interface of the bot, which is somewhat similar to Google's chat services.

At the top of the page, you will find a few different examples to try and test Bard's abilities, or you can use the input field below to type a question or request, knowing that the request can be dictated by voice by pressing the microphone icon, then press Enter and wait until you get a response from Bard. Note that at the end of each answer there is a "Google it" button that directs your question to a search engine for more information.

Major technology companies are interested in integrating artificial intelligence into their products, each in its own way!

Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI solely to improve its Bing search engine and professional Office products by integrating a ChatGPT bot. On the other hand, although Google has come a long way and conducted deep experiments with artificial intelligence programs, it has always been careful in disclosing its papers to the public and in keeping their scope narrow, and we have in LaMDA an example where it presented it with the application of the AI Test Kitchen, which was only able to form text sentences for specific queries.

Yet tech giants are wary of a backlash against untested AI software. Big language paradigms like LaMDA and GPT-3.5 have been shown to have well-documented propensities for creating toxic, hateful content and asserting misinformation with such aplomb that one professor likened it to "spewing poison." Search generators! Therefore, Google's intention to launch the Bard bot represents a change in its direction regarding this technology, but it promises to integrate external user feedback with its internal tests to achieve a high standard of quality, safety, and reliability on the ground.