As it continues its gradual path to catch up with the Microsoft-backed ChatGPT, Google has invited people in the United Kingdom and the United States to test its AI chatbot, Bard.
Since the advent of the iPhone, artificial intelligence apps such as Bard, ChatGPT, and others have taken the world by storm with essays, poems, and computer code.
After testing Bard with 80,000 Google employees, Sundar Pichai stated on Tuesday that the chatbot would be tested with the UK and US public as a “first step” before expanding to more countries.
“Once more, people who use Bard and test its capabilities will surprise us,” Pichai wrote in a memo to staff.
The product will go wrong. But user feedback is critical to improving it and the underlying technology,” said Pichai, who has been criticized within the company for rushing to catch up with Microsoft.
A waiting list is available at bard.google.com, a website distinct from Google’s search engine.
A blog post by Google vice presidents Sissie Hsiao and Eli Collins states: “We’ve learned a lot from testing Bard, and the next step is to get feedback from more people.”
Hsiao and Collins cautioned that chatbots have their shortcomings.
In contrast to Microsoft, Google has been more careful in releasing its generative AI products to consumers, despite reports of problems.
Microsoft backed ChatGPT’s OpenAI earlier this year, saying it would invest billions in the company.
By comparison, Bard said, unlike its Microsoft-backed rival, it was able to access and process information from the real world through Google Search and maintain a consistent response with search results.
According to the bot, it is still under development, while ChatGPT has already been released. This means that it is constantly learning and improving, while ChatGPT is likely to remain relatively unchanged.
An update to OpenAI’s AI technology was released recently that the company claims is safer and more accurate than its predecessor.
ChatGPT Plus, OpenAI’s subscription plan, and an AI-powered version of Microsoft’s Bing search engine now offer much of the new model’s power, called GPT-4.
Despite its quick adoption of generative AI, Microsoft’s Bing search engine is still a clear underdog to Google, which has captured about 85 percent of the global search market.