Google to Launch Bard, Its Very Own AI Chatbot

Google to Launch Bard, Its Very Own AI Chatbot

News by Roberto Orosa
Published: February 07, 2023

Google announced plans to launch its very own artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, Bard. 

The tech giant announced Bard will first run through a group of testers before its public rollout in the coming weeks.  

The app will first be released with a “lightweight model version” of Google’s LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), which allows the service to be more available to users and at the same time gather their feedback. 

“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 CEO Sundar Pichai explained in an official blogpost. 

With the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT last November, the race to AI has been more prominent than ever. China’s Baidu also announced its plans to launch “Ernie Bot,” its very own ChatGPT-like service, this March.  

Similarly, Microsoft has also entered its third phase of investments into OpenAI technology. “We formed our partnership with OpenAI around a shared ambition to responsibly advance cutting-edge AI research and democratize AI as a new technology platform,” explained Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. 

With Bard, Google joins in on the discussions with its own patented AI chatbot. “Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of our large language models,” Pichai shared.  

“We’re excited for this phase of testing to help us continue to learn and improve Bard’s quality and speed.” 

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