The search engine market is about to get more competitive, as Google has recently announced its plans to launch a new AI-powered ChatGPT competitor called Bard.
This announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI and signals an increased focus on AI technologies from both search companies.
In this post, we’ll explore what Bard is, how it works, and how it could upend the search engine market as we know it.
Google Introduces Bard
Google said Bard would be opened to “trusted testers” first, with plans to make it available to the public soon.
Bard is built on a large language model, just like ChatGPT, which was released to the public by a Microsoft-backed company in late November.
These models are trained by using a lot of text data from online sources. This training is then used to create responses to questions that people ask.
The AI Search War is Officially On
The announcement of Bard comes when some people think that Google’s main product, online search, is at risk of extinction.
Microsoft-backed ChatGPT has been used to write essays, stories, and song lyrics. It can also answer questions that people might have asked on Google.
ChatGPT is getting a lot of attention, reportedly making Google’s management worry about the future of its search business.
Last year, one of the people who made Gmail, Paul Buchheit, wrote on Twitter that Google “may be only a year or two away from total disruption” because of the rise of artificial intelligence.
Microsoft has the plan to invest billions into OpenAI’s ChatGPT. They have said they will use some of OpenAI’s tools in their products.
Many experts think Microsoft plans to use AI technology in their search engine, Bing.
The Technology Behind Bard
Bard is built on technology that has been around for a while but has yet to be available to the general public.
Google introduced its “Language Model for Dialogue Applications” (or LaMDA) two years ago and recently indicated that LaMDA technology will power Bard.
LaMDA was in the news last year when an engineer who used to work for Google said the chatbot was “sentient.” “Sentient” means that it could think for itself.
But many artificial intelligence experts disagreed with the former Google Engineer’s outrageous claims about AI.
Examples of AI Applications
AI technology already helps us do many things, like help catch credit card fraud or turn our words into text messages.
Now, ChatGPT is using AI to make it easier for us to talk to computers and get answers quickly.
So this technology will become more important in our daily lives.
Google has also built a special AI chatbot called Sparrow that they’re testing out in 2023.
Other companies also use large language models (like ChatGPT) for tasks like stacking boxes or finding new medicines – but it’s especially good at answering questions.
Google’s Ethical AI Commitment
Google takes its responsibility with AI very seriously and has a whole program dedicated to ensuring it’s done ethically.
When the ChatGPT idea was first created, it made such an impression that even the co-founders got involved.
The bottom line is that AI technology makes it easier and quicker for us to get answers, so Google and other companies are working hard to ensure they do it right.
Anticipating the Future of Search
The possibilities of AI technology taking over search are exciting and a bit scary.
It’s clear that Google is investing heavily in this technology, which indicates they take it seriously – and rightly so.
While AI technology may be a long way off from replacing traditional search engines like Google and Bing, there’s no denying the potential impact it could have on our lives if applied correctly.
For now, we can only wait and see what happens next.
But one thing is for sure: the future of search is about to get a whole lot more interesting.
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