Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., on Monday announced that it will launch a chatbot service under Google called Bard along with more artificial intelligence (AI) for its search engine as a response to Microsoft ChatGPT.
Google’s biggest challenge over the last few months has been ChatGPT, a chatbot from Microsoft-backed OpenAI that has the potential to change how consumers search for information.
In a blog post, Alphabet Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai, said his company was launching its own conversational AI service called Bard, which is going to test users for feedback that will be followed a public release in the coming weeks.
He also said that Google plans to add more AI features to its search engine that can synthesize material for more complex queries such as telling the consumer whether learning to play guitar or piano is easier.
Currently Google answers such questions by presenting text snippets taken from websites that clearly provide clear answers.
However, Google did not provide any specific date for the release of such update for its search engine, but it will probably be sooner than later as Microsoft is already in the process of doing the same for Bing, by embedding OpenAI’s capabilities to its search engine.
It is still unclear on how Google’s Bard will perform compared to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, but Pichai said Google’s new service will draw on information available on the internet. Meanwhile, ChatGPT’s knowledge cut-off date is 2021 and the service does not provide information on any recent events.
“Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of our large language models.” Pichai said. He added that Bard will rely on a version of LaMDA that requires less computing power, to be able to serve as many users as possible.