Google has begun rolling out its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Bard, although it is only available to specific users over the age of 18.

Unlike its viral competitor ChatGPT, it can access current internet information and features a “Google it” button that initiates a search.

It also cites its factual sources, such as Wikipedia.

Google cautioned, though, that Bard would have “limitations” and that it may spread false information and reflect prejudice.

This is due to the fact that it “learns” from real-world information, which has these biases; hence, it is conceivable for stereotypes and erroneous information to manifest in its replies.

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How do chatbots function?

AI chatbots are designed to respond to online queries using natural, human-like language.

They can compose anything from marketing copy to speeches to computer code and student essays.

When ChatGPT debuted in November 2022, it had over one million users within a week, according to its developer, OpenAI.

Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in it and last month integrated it into its Bing search engine.

Microsoft also announced plans to use a version of the technology in its office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Google has been a slower and more cautious competitor in the generative AI competition with its Bard product, which first launches in the United States and the United Kingdom. You must register in order to try it out.

Bard: Google’s alternative to ChatGPT comes out.

Bard is a descendent of Lamda, a previous Google language model that was never completely given to the public. One of the engineers who worked on it stated, however, that the machine’s responses were so convincing that he considered it to be conscious. The accusations were refuted by Google, and he was sacked.

Jack Krawczyk, senior product director at Google, told the BBC that Bard is a “experiment” that he believes would serve as a “launchpad for innovation”

He demonstrated how he utilized Bard to assist him organize the birthday celebration for his small child.

It came up with a theme that integrated his child’s love of bunnies and gymnastics, located the location he indicated, and recommended party games and food.

Mr. Krawczyk stated, “So much of the [media] coverage suggests that AI is the hero.” “I believe that the person is the hero and that vast language models exist to facilitate innovation.”

While ChatGPT’s knowledge database only extends until 2021 – it cannot answer inquiries on the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria, for example – Bard has access to current information.

TikTok being prohibited on government-issued phones in the United Kingdom.

It is programmed not to respond to offensive prompts and has filters to prevent it from sharing harmful, illegal, sexually explicit, or personally identifiable information, but “as with any method, these safeguards will occasionally fail,” according to the vice president of Google Research, Zoubin Ghahramani.

This is an extraordinarily careful product introduction, as far as it is possible to get from the “move quickly and break stuff” attitude of the early days of major technology.

Mr. Krawczyk hesitated before responding that the company’s approach to the introduction of Bard was “deliberate” in response to my inquiry as to if the company was anxious.

If Google is anxious, it has cause to be.

There are horror stories about some of the more horrific things that ChatGPT has been pushed into doing, and there are also worries that these powerful tools, which are still in their infancy, might pose a significant threat to many other sorts of work in the future.

However, and this is particularly pertinent to Google, there is a hypothesis that chatbots might one day completely supplant the lucrative internet search industry. Why comb through pages of search result links when a single, well-written response is available? Google cannot afford to be left behind.

Mr. Krawczyk and Mr. Ghahramani spoke extensively about the responsibilities and ideals that accompany technology. They also described the enormous data centers that support Bard and how they want to power them with renewable energy.