Google introduces competition from ChatGPT

News Summary:

  • Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, said in a blog post that Bard will open its doors to “trust testers” starting Monday, with plans to make it publicly available “within a few days.”

  • Google on Monday unveiled a new chatbot tool called “Bard” in an apparent attempt to rival the viral success of ChatGPT.

Like ChatGPT, announced in late November by AI research firm OpenAI, Bard is built on a large language model. These models are trained on massive online databases to generate convincing answers to user prompts.

The announcement comes as Google’s core product – online search – is seen by many as facing its biggest risk in years. In the two months since going public, ChatGPT has been used to create essays, stories, and song lyrics, as well as to answer some questions a person may have previously searched for on Google.

“Bard seeks to combine the breadth of knowledge about the world with the power, intelligence and creativity of our amazing language models,” Pichai writes. “It relies on information from the web to provide new, high-quality answers.”

According to the report, the tremendous attention paid to ChatGPT has led Google’s management to declare a “code red” status for its search business. In a tweet last year, Paul Buchheit, one of the creators of Gmail, warned that Google “may be only a year or two away from complete disruption” due to the growth of the Internet.

Microsoft, which has confirmed its plans to invest billions of dollars in OpenAI, has said it will integrate the tool into some of its products – and it looks like it’s planning to integrate it into its own. Bing search engine. Microsoft will hold a news event at its headquarters in Washington on Tuesday, the subject of which has yet to be announced. Microsoft made the event public shortly after the news about Google’s AI broke on Monday.

The underlying technology that powers the Bard has been around for a while, but has not been widely available to the general public. Google announced the Language Model for Dialog Applications (or LaMDA) about two years ago and said Monday that the technology will power Bard. LaMDA made headlines late last year when a former Google engineer claimed that the chatbot was “responsive”. His statements have been widely criticized in the AI ​​community.

In Monday’s post, Google gave the example of a user asking Bard to explain new discoveries made by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in a way that a 9-year-old might find interesting. taste. Bard responds with dialogue bullet points. The first paragraph reads: “In 2023, JWST discovered a number of galaxies known as ‘green beans.’ They are named because they are small, round, and have a green pea-like color.” According to the Google post, Bard can be used to plan a friend’s baby shower, compare two Oscar-nominated movies, or get lunch ideas based on what’s in the fridge.

Pichai added on Monday that Google’s popular Search tool will soon start to roll out AI-powered tools. “Soon, you’ll see AI-powered features in Search that distill complex information and multiple perspectives into easy-to-digest formats,” Pichai wrote. “Whether that’s seeking out additional perspectives, like blogs from people who play both piano and guitar, or going deeper on a related topic, like steps to get started as a beginner, you can quickly understand the big picture and learn more from the web.”

There may be some risks if Google does move more in the direction of integrating an AI chatbot tool into search. Experts have noted that because these tools are trained using data from the internet, they have the potential to reinforce prejudices and disseminate false information. Pichai emphasized the importance of “bringing experiences rooted in these models to the world in a bold and responsible way” in his blog post.