Google didn’t think its Bard AI was “really ready” for a product yet

News Summary:

  • Today, the president of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said the tech giant might even have been hesitant to roll out the technology.

  • Google’s experimental AI chatbot Bard didn’t receive the warm response expected – a promotional ad for the product contained an embarrassing factual error that affected the company’s stock price and was criticized by public employees. criticized for being “in a hurry” and “sloppy” work.

“I think Google was hesitant to produce this because they thought they weren’t really ready for a product, but I think as a demo vehicle it’s a great piece of technology,” John Hennessy said. said in a keynote address at TechSurge. conference on Monday.

Hennessy also warned on Monday that AI chatbots are still in the early stages of development. And he’s not alone — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and OpenAI co-founder and CEO Sam Altman have expressed similar concerns.

He added that Google was slow to recommend Bard because he always gave the wrong answer. Google unveiled Bard amid strong interest in chatbot rival ChatGPT, and just a day before Microsoft launches its AI-powered Bing search engine, built using technology from OpenAI, its parent company. of ChatGPT.

“I think these models are still in their infancy – figure out how to integrate them into a product line and do it in a way that’s sensitive to accuracy, as well as issues like toxicity,” Hennessey said. know on Monday. “I think the industry struggles with that.”

Prabhakar Raghavan, the boss of Google’s search engine, also told Welt Am Sonntag newspaper on Saturday that AI chatbots can generate false but convincing answers in a phenomenon known as “hallucinations.” .

Google has learned the hard way how bad this is. Alphabet’s stock price plummeted 9% last Wednesday after reports emerged that it gave a wrong answer to a question about NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. At the conference, Hennessy declined to comment specifically on the public’s response to Google’s Bard.

Google did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.