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The Morning After: Google expands access to its AI chatbot, Bard

So what can it do?

A screenshot showing Google's Bard AI chatbot, with a prompt saying "Give us a fun way Bard might wrap up this blog post" and Bard's response saying "And that's all for today, folks! Thanks for reading, and as always, remember to stay hydrated and eat your vegetables. Until next time, Bard out!" Four buttons are at the bottom of the response: thumbs up, thumbs down, a refresh arrow and a button saying "Google it." There's also an option at the top right of the response that says "View other drafts." At the bottom of the page is a text input bar with the words "Enter a prompt here" inside it, as well as a microphone symbol. Below that is fine print reading "Bard may display inaccurate or offensive information that doesn't represent Google's views."
Mat Smith
Mat Smith|@thatmatsmith|March 22, 2023 7:25 AM

Google Bard is the company’s answer to ChatGPT: an AI chatbot using LaMDA, the company’s in-development language model. We’ve been testing it, and what’s immediately clear are all the company’s warnings, whether it’s the experiment label or the regular reminders that Bard “will not always get it right.” Even the example entries, when you boot up Bard, include what the chatbot can’t do.

The big difference between Google and Bing’s integration is the alternative responses that Bard throws up alongside the conversation. You can click the dropdown arrow next to "View other drafts" at the top left of each chat bubble to see some other suggestions. Unlike Bing, Google's chatbot doesn't always cite its sources, which I think could be a major point as these chatbots creep into our daily internet lives. They’re still prone to mistakes, and I want to know where these bots get their answers from. Also, be careful what you’re searching for. Google notes these early rounds of testing will inform Bard's direction, so we’d advise not using private information. Another reason to be cautious? A bug in ChatGPT accidentally revealed user chat histories yesterday.

The rollout of Bard seems to be happening pretty quickly, so if you’re in the US or the UK, you should get access a few hours after applying.

– Mat Smith

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The Morning After: Google expands access to its AI chatbot, Bard