As the company completes its rush to release a rival to Bing Chat and ChatGPT, Google’s Bard chatbot will launch on Tuesday in the United Kingdom and the United States. The company’s profitable web search service runs the risk of being outcompeted by artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots, even though AI chatbots currently struggle to consistently deliver useful and accurate results.
Google’s product lead for Bard, Jack Krawczyk, described the service as an experiment and said that the company was extremely excited and watching how people are using this product in a way that’s boosting their creativity. They are using it to accelerate their ideas and really pique their curiosity.
Bard, like its peers, allows users to type queries and requests in normal English. It can also provide creative responses to difficult prompts, answer detailed questions, and have back-and-forth conversations. On the company’s website, users can sign up for access starting on Tuesday via a waiting list.
During a live demonstration, Krawczyk showed Bard assisting him in coming up with ideas for a son’s birthday party that combined his two passions, gymnastics and rabbits.
However, the unanticipated follow-up was not as impressive. Bard initially suggested a trip to the Tsukiji fish market when asked for suggestions for two kids on vacation in Tokyo. However, he failed to mention that a significant portion of the market moved to a new location in 2018. The chatbot acknowledged this with footnotes to the correct information in a subsequent question.