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Explained: What is Google's Bard, and how does it work?

On February 6 this year, Google announced Bard, its upcoming new AI-based chatbot. With ChatGPT taking the world by storm,

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Explained: What is Google's Bard, and how does it work?

On February 6 this year, Google announced Bard, its upcoming new AI-based chatbot. With ChatGPT taking the world by storm, it was to be expected that Google was hard at work on a fix, and Bard seems to be their answer.

Ever since the introduction of ChatGPT, an extraordinary AI conversational technology that has completely transformed the world, all eyes have been on Google and its widely recognized code red. The main interest lies in closely monitoring how this tech giant would respond to this formidable competitor, which has the potential to disrupt its near-total dominance in the realm of search.

However, many have been waiting for the announcement of Google's answer to ChatGPT ever since the OpenAI application was released a few months ago. As you already know, ChatGPT uses OpenAI's GPT-3 natural language model, based on machine learning, to let users enter questions and get human-like written responses.

Google on February 7, 2023, finally released its Bard AI technology. Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave this information in an official blog post of his and described Bard as a conversational AI service that can do things like simplify difficult things in addition to providing high-quality responses.

What is Google Bard?

Days after Chinese search engine Baidu's plans to launch a ChatGPT-style chatbot came to light, Google unveiled its own interactive AI tool, Bard. The tool will compete with OpenAI's ChatGPT, which recently reached 100 million users in just two months since it was made publicly available for testing.

Bard is Google's artificial intelligence chatbot. It will work exactly the same as ChatGPT, that is, users will be able to use the chatbot through a conversation. This novelty is based on the Linguistic Model for the Google Dialog Application, also known as LaMDA.

According to the company, it is a lite version of LaMDA and as explained by the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, Bard has just entered the testing phase for only a few users. However, very soon Bard will also be offered for public use.

This chatbot has been introduced for the convenience of the users. As before, users can get difficult information in plain language, and not only that, they can also find current, high-quality and accurate information on the Google chatbot.

What does Google Bard's name mean?

The name "Bard" because it originates from the word that signifies a "poet," inspired by the renowned poet William Shakespeare, often known as the Bard of Avalon. This name reflects the AI model's language and communication skills, emphasizing its proficiency in understanding and using language.

The name also has a geeky origin, which aligns with Google's tradition of using funny names. In the Dungeons and Dragons game, bards are a type of character who can use their musical abilities to cast spells and inspire others. The creation of an old Apple II game called The Bard's Tale inspired the development of a series of games, including a remastered version that was released in 2018.

Who has trained this Google AI tool?

According to Sundar Pichai's blog post announcing Google Bard, the generative AI app is based on a stripped-down version of the Language Model for Dialog Applications (LaMDA), originally designed by the company in 2017.

The 2022 LaMDA research paper provides percentages of the various data types used to train this language model, but the information is still somewhat vague. The training of LaMDA involved using a dataset called Infiniset, which comprises a combination of carefully selected content aimed at enhancing the model's conversational capabilities.

The Infiniset data set includes the following:

  • 12.5% ​​data based on C4 (Colossal Clean Crawled Corpus)
  • 12.5% ​​English Wikipedia
  • 12.5% ​​code docs from programming Q&A websites, tutorials, and others
  • 6.25% of web documents in English
  • 6.25% non-English web documents
  • 50% data from public forum dialogues

The C4 dataset is based on Common Crawl data, which is an open source dataset sourced from a variety of websites. Common Crawl is a non-profit organization that regularly scours the internet to make free data sets available for training AI applications. 

How will Bard display search results?

The Google blog ad only offers limited information on how Bard will present search results. However, we can glean some insights from it. As mentioned before, Bard will not only rely on its trained dataset but also utilize real-time information from the Internet to generate accurate search query answers.

The blog states that users will soon see "AI-powered features in search that distil complex information and multiple perspectives into easy-to-digest formats, so you can quickly understand the big picture and learn more about the web. " 

Google introduces Bard as a competition to ChatGPT 

With all this, Google Bard is believed to be a direct competitor to ChatGPT. Let's summarize it briefly since a more complete article that confronts both tools is available to you.

In a nutshell, both Google Bard and ChatGPT use natural language models and machine learning to create their chatbots, but each has a different set of features. 

ChatGPT relies entirely on data collected for the most part up to 2021 (at least for now), while Google Bard has the potential to use up-to-date information for its responses. 

Name ChatGPT Google bard
developer company Open AI Google
Release date November 2022 February 2023
Principal functions AI based conversational chatbot. Based on Google's LaMDA. Gets information from the Internet Open source conversational AI chatbot. Based on OpenAI's GPT-3.5. Extracts information from the data with which it has been trained (until 2021)
Accessibility Limited availability (currently only open to testers) Free to the public. $20 monthly subscription (Chat GPT Plus)
Applications Assist in basic search functions. Explain complex concepts. Come up with ideas Generate reports and summaries. Create marketing materials. Language translation. Come up with ideas. Write code and tests. explain complex concepts

Where is Google Bard available?

Now Bard is available in more than 180 countries, in English, Japanese and Korean versions. And that's not all! Soon 40 more languages ​​will be added, including Spanish. This long-awaited expansion is accompanied by a native integration with Google Search, the company's search engine. This will forever change the way we search the Internet. 

How to test Google Bard?

To use Google Bard, simply go to bard.google.com. Like all Google products, it will ask you to sign in with your Google account. You'll also have to agree to the terms of service, but once you click, you'll be able to start using Google Bard quickly.

Like ChatGPT, Bard is mostly an empty text field that says "Enter a query here." Type your question or query, and Bard will provide you with an answer.

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