Google announced on Tuesday that rival services from Microsoft and OpenAI will be able to use its own AI-powered chatbot, called “Bard.” At first, only a small number of people in the US and UK will work for the company.
Sissie Hsiao and Eli Collins of Google wrote in a blog post, “We’ve learned a lot from testing Bard so far. The next important step in making it better is to get feedback from more people.”
Google announced Bard last month. The company is said to have gone into “code red” after OpenAI’s ChatGPT came out at the end of last year. ChatGPT caught people’s attention because it could give human-like answers to almost any question, from writing poems with oddly specific details to writing convincing cover letters for social media managers.
By January, it was thought that ChatGPT had 100 million active users, making it the web platform with the fastest growth ever. That made a lot of companies come out with their own AI products like Microsoft’s new Bing search and a “copilot” tool in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as AI features for Google’s Workspace tools like Gmail and Docs.
After showing off Bard, Google was called out when the AI chatbot gave wrong information about the James Webb Space Telescope during a demonstration meant to show off the tool’s abilities. Google said on Tuesday that Bard is still an experiment and that the artificial intelligence tool won’t “always get things right.”
As companies like Google, Microsoft, DuckDuckGo, Adobe, and Grammarly release new tools and services that use AI, the rush has brought up questions about things like trustworthiness. The large number of people who are interested has also led to a lot of big ideas about the future of AI, which could lead to misunderstandings.
Google said on Tuesday that more countries and languages will be able to use Bard over time. People who want to try Bard can put their names on a list.