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Buzz around Bard by Google has been going around for quite some time, and yesterday, at last, the search engine giant rolled out this artificial intelligence chatbot they can all their own. 

Google on Tuesday said it is opening up access to Bard, its very own AI-powered chatbot, to rival services by OpenAI and Microsoft. However, access is very limited for now, only among some people in the United States and the United Kingdom. 

“Today we’re starting to open access to Bard, an early experiment that lets you collaborate with generative AI. This follows our announcements from last week as we continue to bring helpful AI experiences to people, businesses and communities,” wrote Google’s vice president for product Sissie Hsiao and vice president for research Eli Collins in an official blog post. “We’ve learned a lot so far by testing Bard, and the next critical step in improving it is to get feedback from more people.”

A rival to ChatGPT

Last month, Google announced Bard after the company reportedly went into “code red” after the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT late last year. ChatGPT quickly captured imaginations with its ability to provide humanlike responses to just about any question, from producing convincing cover letters for social media managers to writing eerily specific poems. 

By January, ChatGPT was estimated to have reached 100 million active users, breaking records, Reuters reported, making it the fastest-growing web platform ever. That led to several other companies introducing their respective AI products, including Microsoft’s new Bing search and a “copilot” tool in Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, as well as AI features for Google Workspace tools, including Gmail and Google Docs.

Around a week ago, OpenAI even took things further by launching Chat GPT-4, the newest version of its AI-powered chatbot, with the ability to carry out more tasks compared to what its predecessor can do. 

Not perfect 

However, after unveiling Bard, Google got called out when the AI chatbot provided inaccurate information about the James Webb Space Telescope during a demonstration that aimed at showing off this tool’s capability. Yesterday, Google stressed that Bard is still an experiment, pointing out that the tool will not “always get things right.”

As Google, Microsoft, and many others more, such as Adobe, DuckDuckGo, and Grammarly roll out new tools and services powered by artificial intelligence, this rush has highlighted concerns about issues like trustworthiness. The questionable mass interest has also led to grand speculations about the world’s AI future, and the potential for misunderstanding and inaccuracies, which are seen happening.

Nevertheless, Google added it would expand access to Bard to more countries and languages over time. People interested in trying out Bard can sign up and join the waitlist. 

“We’ll continue to improve Bard and add capabilities, including coding, more languages and multimodal experiences. And one thing is certain: We’ll learn alongside you as we go. With your feedback, Bard will keep getting better and better,” Google VPs Hsaio and Collins continued.

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