Since the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, it has created a tsunami of subscribers as well as critics. But, tech giants are also taking this as an opportunity to step inside the AI battlefield and make the most out of it.
Grasping hold of this opportunity, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is now planning to launch a Chatbot service along with additional artificial intelligence for its search engine as well as developers; thus, retaliating against Microsoft.
In a recent blog post, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the company is on the verge of launching a conversational AI service named Bard in order to test users for feedback.
As Pichai’s statement, the experimental conversational AI service - Bard is being powered by LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), which was eventually launched by Google two years back. Pichai also revealed the abilities of Bard, which are likely to be a combination of "power, intelligence and creativity of the company's large language models."
Bard of Google
Bard is programmed to seek knowledge based on the responses provided by users along with the information available on the web. Alphabet will initially roll out the AI system for testers as well as the lightweight model version of LaMDA. The focus, for now, will be on collecting feedback to prepare Bard for the future.
Bard is Google’s competition to ChatGPT of OpenAI, headed by Microsoft. ChatGPT is estimated to reach 100 million monthly active users by February end, just three months after launch. OpenAI has rolled out ChatGPT Plus services to users in the US at a subscription fee of $20 (nearly Rs. 1,600).
Apart from Bard, Google is simultaneously focusing on supporting other reliable AI systems through Google Cloud partnerships. These AI systems include C3.ai, Cohere, and Anthropic. It has also been reported that Google has invested almost around $400 million in Anthropic.
But Google’s Bard did not have a good start!
Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company lost almost $100 billion in market value on Wednesday after its Bard shared incorrect information in a promotional video at a company event that failed to dazzle people. It fed worries that Alphabet Inc. might lose ground to rival Microsoft Corp. Alphabet Inc. shares slid almost 9% during regular trading.
Reuters was first to point out and report the error in Google's advertisement for Bard, which debuted on Monday, in which it showed pictures of a planet outside the Earth's solar system.
It is safe to assume that an AI war has begun between tech giants. But will AI generated information create a river of inaccurate and unchecked data as well?