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Google AI Chatbot Bard – From Launch to Ravage: All We Know So Far

Google AI Chatbot Bard – Every year, our world becomes more modern, and as I was wondering what is in for us in 2023, OpenAI released their new chatGPT version. ChatGPT is market disruptive technology which is very much different from the typical automated responses we get from chatbots on today’s websites. It has captivated the imagination of millions of people since its release in November 2022, owing to its human-like reactions and simple interface. So Google has to do something now, right? Well, That’s all about this article. 


What is Google AI Chatbot Bard and How Google Bard Works?

Google AI chatbot Bard works in the same way that ChatGPT does, in that users can interact with the chatbot through conversation. The new chatbot is built on Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Application (Language Model for Dialogue Application or LaMDA). It is, according to the firm, a lite-version of LaMDA. For the unknown, LaMDA model has access to a total of 1.56 trillion words of “public conversation data and web content” prior to its launch. The dataset is comprised of the following mix:

  • 12.5% are C4-based data
  • 12.5% are from English language Wikipedia
  • 12.5% are code documents from programming Q&A websites, tutorials, and others
  • 6.25% are English web documents
  • 6.25% are Non-English web documents
  • 50% are dialogs data from public forums.

Only 25% of the data is from a named source (the C4 dataset and Wikipedia). The remaining data, which accounts for 75% of the Infinite dataset, consists of words scraped from the Internet.

According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Bard is currently being tested by a small group of users. However, Bard will be available for general use very shortly.  According to a Google spokesperson, The goal is not to monetise Bard at the moment and the plan now is to build a healthy online ecosystem and will prioritise directing search traffic to creators and news publishers as it develops AI tools.

Google AI Chatbot Bard
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If you’re wondering what the difference is between Google’s Bard and chatGPT, the answer is the data. I’m not sure whether you’ve tested chatGPT for yourself, if you ask a difficult question, chatGPT will respond back to you that it’s knowledge base is limited only till 2021, whereas Bard uses real-time data from Google dataset I’ve mentioned above. Well, here comes the problem. 

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What mistake did Google Bard make?

On February 6th, 2023, this Monday, Google organised an event. The main objective of this Google’s event was to reveal new Google Maps and Google Search features and enhancements that have been in the works for some time. The immersive view and glanceable directions are two notable features that would have been major attractions from this event. But, of course, the recent partnership announcement of Microsoft’s cooperation with Open AI, followed by the fast inclusion of ChatGPT into the new and better Bing version, forced Google to say something about Bard.

What question did Bard get wrong?

During the event, they not only mentioned Google Bard, but also demonstrated it and broadcasted it widely on social media. Google shared a GIF of Bard responding to the question, “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9 year old about?” In response, Bard provides three bullet points, one of which asserts that the telescope “took the very first pictures of a planet outside of our own solar system.” Well, that’s the issue here!

According to NASA, however, the first picture of an exoplanet, or a planet outside of our solar system, was actually captured in 2004 by the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory. Although Bard is still in its early stages of development, it is evident that it is not good at fact-checking.

Bard’s miscalculation cost Google’s parent firm Alphabet $100 billion (£82 billion), causing the stock to fall 7.7% on Wednesday. On the other hand,  Microsoft shares increased 3% at the time and were flat post trading. In addition, Microsoft stole the spotlight on February 7 with a surprise event in which it introduced a new version of its search engine Bing developed in collaboration with OpenAI, the firm behind ChatGPT, Dall-E, and other products.

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This is what Google’s spokesperson had to say when the media went crazy about it.

This highlights the importance of a rigorous testing process, something that we’re kicking off this week with our Trusted Tester program. We’ll combine external feedback with our own internal testing to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.” — Google spokesperson

Mistakes Google Must Have Avoided

1. Google rush the chatGPT rival

Given the growing popularity of ChatGPT, which debuted in November, Google internally declared the creation of its own chatbot a “code red” project. CNBC reported last month that the Google team had issued an internal memo instructing them reduce meeting times and to prioritise work on a response to ChatGPT.

2. Google AI chatbot Bard makes factual error in first demo

This haste in development is very evident in the demo. They say that first impressions must be positive. Just picture yourself confidently presenting a bad project output to your entire class. As previously said, this one tiny blunder has resulted in a $100 billion loss. To prevent humiliation, Google decided to hide the new AI announcement by switching the livestream to private, assuming that the rest of the world would not be aware of it. Lol. Come on, guys!! Here’s a tweet about it that I found on Twitter.

3. Google’s slow gear towards the AI Movement

Last but not least, you must avoid arriving late to the party! Well, that what happened here. Google is very well late to this AI party.  Lol. I’m not sure what you think, but in my opinion, with Google’s leadership and knowledge base, Google must have started this AI trend at least 5 years ago.

Up until this point, I didn’t believe ChatGPT could pose a real threat to Google’s AI development. However, as chatGPT continues to advance and Google’s Bard’s sluggishness, it is now become a question. 

But, I also have a sense that Google will not leave this easily. OpenAI was first, but with technological breakthroughs and a larger knowledge base, I believe Google could quickly outperform it. That could happen in the next weeks or months, but this demo incident shows that Google’s primary enemy isn’t ChatGPT, but itself.

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below. I am also planning to write a comparative article of Google Bard vs openAI ChatGPT. Follow and stay tuned with Just A Library for more such interesting articles.


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Ajay Paul
Ajay Paul
Just A Library’s smartass Professor Utonium. A crazy shopaholic who owns an endless collection of shoes and shirts. A true foodie addicted to biryani, sweets, and momos. That mature yet occasionally childish guy of our pack.

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