Bard: Google’s New AI Tool to Rival ChatGPT

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bardGoogle may have named its new conversational AI “Bard” because of its ability to write endlessly. Or perhaps – the Bard’s most famous phrase “To be, or not to be: that is the question,” – just came to mind naturally, given the existential crisis that Google finds itself in, as it stares into the abyss of ChatGPT.

Google has faced existential threats before – remember Google Plus, its response to the Facebook social graph? Well, history is repeating itself. Google has called “Code Red” and responded to ChatGPT with “Bard,” its answer to conversational, all-knowing chatbots. Google feels, apparently, threatened with actual non-existence / not being.

If this reminds you of another battle between Google and Microsoft, you’re not experiencing brain fog – Microsoft dumped vast sums into Bing to get a foothold in search. Bing famously only succeeded in getting its toe in the door. This new battle – between ChatGPT / OpenAI (which Microsoft invested in) and Google’s Bard should sound very familiar (history rhymes). The primary difference, as I see it, is that Microsoft may have a legitimate head start in this battle.

In a matter of months, ChatGPT has captured the imagination of millions of people, including everyone from authors, B2B marketers, salespeople, recruiters, and museum curators, exploring ways to use (and abuse) endless generative content production use cases. However, there are serious issues with ChatGPT, including the glaring omission of attribution and accuracy, two areas that Google could address with Bard.

ChatGPT has so many uses in recruitment that we’ve dedicated some time to follow the issue. We have explored the use cases of recruiting with ChatGPT in particular, held a live discussion about the topic, and produced an ebook on ChatGPT uses in talent acquisition. Recruiting is about connection and communication, two functions that ChatGPT assists with, so there is much to discuss.

I have not explored Bard yet, but we are following developments. Since AI leaped into perhaps the most important spot in 2023 trends, we will continue to discuss and explore this area. We will dive into recruiting with Bard in the near future, and provide links to other resources useful for talent acquisition/recruiting professionals, as we did with ChatGPT.

Bard may be more useful for the particular recruiting industry, as it may provide more accurate and real-time answers – and lessen the bias effect, which some noted with ChatGPT. However, these are all unknowns now, since Google is keeping a much tighter grip around Bard’s launch.

But in any case, the battle has begun! Usually, when two large companies take out their knives, the consumers win, with faster-than-normal product development and subsidized pricing. Let’s hope the same holds true for Bard, ChatGPT, and other artificial intelligence tools sure to emerge in the next few months. I’ll link to some Bard resources now, and keep this updated as more information about Bard comes out.

Bard News

  • Introducing Bard Google is introducing Bard, an experimental conversational AI service powered by LaMDA, a large language model for dialogue applications. Bard combines the world’s knowledge with the intelligence and creativity of the language model to provide fresh and high-quality responses. The company is releasing a lightweight version of LaMDA initially and will use internal testing and external feedback to improve the quality and speed of Bard. The company has a long history of using AI in its products, including search, and its newest AI technologies aim to create new ways to engage with information. The company is also working on bringing AI-powered features to search to help people quickly understand complex information and synthesize insights.
  • Google Takes on ChatGPT with Bard  Google has released an AI experiment called Bard, which aims to combine the world’s knowledge with the intelligence and creativity of large language models. Bard uses Google’s LaMDA technology to power conversational AI and draws information from the web. Bard can answer questions, plan events, and provide information on various topics. The model will be monitored to ensure the quality and safety of its responses, in contrast to OpenAI’s models, which do not cite sources.
  • Google’s ChatGPT Rival is Called Bard  Google has announced its own chatbot AI project, Bard, which will be unveiled at a Google Presents event in Paris. Bard uses Google’s existing Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) platform, but won’t be open to everyone like ChatGPT, instead starting with a lightweight version open to a select group of trusted users. The company will use feedback from these users and internal testing to ensure Bard’s responses meet high standards for quality, safety, and information accuracy.
  • Meet Bard, Google’s Answer to ChatGPT  Google is launching its own chatbot, Bard, in response to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, a highly popular AI chatbot. Bard is designed to put the world’s knowledge behind a conversational interface and is based on Google’s LaMDA AI model. However, the chatbot technology is prone to fabrication and has limitations such as biases and incorrect information. Google plans to use Bard to enhance its conventional search and make the technology available to developers, but not integrate it into its search box. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, mentioned the company’s investments in AI and referenced its AI research division and DeepMind. The excitement generated by ChatGPT has led to concerns about its potential challenge to Google’s web search dominance.

By Miles Jennings