The launch of ChatGPT rocked several tech companies. Google is especially worried because it could one day threaten its search business, which generates the majority of its revenue.
Google has announced the launch of Bard, an AI intended to challenge ChatGPT’s apparent predominance, less than three months after ChatGPT was first introduced. However, how does Bard function? Will Bard’s quality surpass that of ChatGPT? Here is what we know at this time.
What Does Google’s Bard AI Mean?
Bard is a Google-owned experimental AI language model that could respond to inputs or orders by sounding like a human. It is built on top of LaMDA (Language paradigm for Dialogue Applications), Google’s effective conversational language paradigm.
On Google’s The Keyword blog, Sundar Pichai, the company’s CEO, unveiled Bard, giving a face to a long-rumored product that Google had created to compete with ChatGPT.
According to Sundar Pichai, unlike ChatGPT, Bard would initially only be available to a restricted group of trusted testers with plans to scale to more users. The statement also included a number of samples from the initial release, some of which uncannily resemble what ChatGPT would do. Then, will Bard just be another ChatGPT?
Why Google Bard May Perform Better Than ChatGPT
ChatGPT was released to the public on November 30, 2022, after a protracted development process. It has a foundational technology that was developed over a period of years. According to this, Google had fewer than three months to create a product to compete with it, a product built on years of technological development.
But the reality is very different. Google has spent a lot of money on artificial intelligence over the years, particularly natural language processing. In an odd turn of events, Google is working on the Transformer architecture, the technical foundation for ChatGPT, while also aiming to compete with it. Or, to put it another way, Google is presently working to eliminate a threat to its enterprise that is built on its own technology.
In its Bard launch blog post, Sundar Pichai was eager to tout CGPT’s breakthrough status in producing Transformer models, ostensibly in reference to CGPT. He stressed that the work done by Google is “the foundation for many of the generative AI applications” that are already in use.
Beyond his words, though, the evidence is clear. Because of this, GPT-3, the technology behind CGPT, and LaMDA, the technology behind Bard AI, are quite similar. Therefore, Google is not a new player in the race to create a versatile AI chatbot. When it comes to who eventually gets the top slot, though, the company may have a significant advantage over OpenAI because it has been building identical, if not superior, technology for years.
But that’s not all. Additionally, Google gains from having access to more data. The AI sector may benefit from more data, especially when it comes to training conversational models like GPT-3 and LaMDA. It’s unclear if and how Google intends to include web data or real-time data in Bard’s responses. If this did happen, it would still be a big step up from ChatGPT’s pre-trained way of responding to queries.
Simply explained, this would mean that CGPT would be limited to knowledge about occurrences, not going past 2021 (current data training cut-off), whereas Google’s Bard might provide current, pertinent responses.
Google’s Bard announcement generated a lot of buzz and rational anticipation, but its initial presentation fell flat. At least one of Bard’s “facts” was completely false, and astronomers were quick to point this out. Bard, for example, stated that the European Very Large Telescope “got the very photos of a planet outside of our own solar system,” but in fact, the James Webb Space Telescope accomplished that achievement in 2004.
Google has been holding onto a number of extremely amazing AI technologies and just occasionally making them public.
With OpenAI’s bold gamble to make ChatGPT publicly available, with all the risk that involves, Google may finally put its worries about reputational damage to rest and show off its skills. In fact, Google Bard might pose a serious threat to ChatGPT if the advantages of Google’s AI models over the years are any indicator.