After letting ChatGPT and OpenAI get there first, Google has now made “Bard,” its generative AI chatbot, available for early access. We’ve had some time to experiment with it, and the conclusion we’ve reached so far is that Google isn’t really breaking any new ground. Bard, on the other hand, is considerably clearer about what it can accomplish, what it cannot do, and where it fails. So let’s get started.
What gives this project the name of “Bard”? You may have a question. This is a question that I’m aware many people have been asking. In reality, it should be a storyteller, and William Shakespeare, also known as the Bard, is the Supreme Storyteller. I agree that the connection is quite flimsy. However, the underlying technology makes use of Lambda, a language paradigm for applications that involve communication. This has been tested internally at Google for months with a small group of outside testers. It appears that Lambda has been in testing and use since 2017. Consequently, we had great expectations for this.
In essence, this goes much beyond what Google search will be able to do with context-specific answers and a method of approaching subjects that is virtually similar to that of a teacher. That is the notion behind this, if you want to study, comprehend thoughts, ideas, or obtain counsel.
What are your options with Bard now? at least in comparison to other AI chatbots already available? As Joseph has already mentioned, Bard is a generative AI solution based on the Lambda concept that was first released in 2021. In order to reply to commands, generate text, respond to inquiries, and do other things, Bard uses the underlying technology and tech. According to Google’s summary, Bard is powered by a sizable language model that can generate text, write various types of creative content, and provide you with helpful answers to your questions. That is a fairly accurate summary.
What are your options with Bard if that doesn’t mean much to you? Well, the first thing that comes to mind is to use Bard to find answers to questions, assist you better comprehend a topic, or summarize a recent news issue, especially in light of the launch of Bing’s GPT-powered chat experience. In such case, I have to admit that it performs admirably in our testing. In contrast to what Bing and ChatGPT typically offer up and respond with, asking Bard to explain something about a smartphone, for example, or to summarize a recent news topic, produces a very readable explanation. At least in our limited usage thus far.
Although Bard’s responses are frequently stated in a style that is really simpler to read and generally more concise, that does not imply that the word count is always lower.
Google has made it plain that, for the time being at least, this isn’t intended to replace conventional search. But Bard’s ability to quickly compile a large amount of information into a brief format is astounding. It’s probably for the best that Bard does not replace search, at least not in its current form, as it rarely indicates the source of its information. And even then, at least for the time being, it is rather constrained.
We’ve discovered that using Bard for tasks like sharing recipes and making menu plans is a wonderful way to use it. You can gather some ideas by asking for a recipe with a few ingredients, and you can create a number of possibilities at once by selecting the drafts option. You can even continue by making a shopping list or providing context, such as a meal plan for losing weight or using particular ingredients. It is really effective in picking them up. Of course, it’s nothing revolutionary because a ChatGPT can accomplish the same thing with somewhat different outcomes.
It would be spectacular if Bard had debuted a month ago, but Bing and Microsoft are already offering similar services in this area, all of which are based on OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4 model, which is unquestionably more sophisticated than what Bard can now provide.
It still commits plenty of errors as of right now. Being more accurate is the main thing that many people were hoping to see Bard do or grow upon that other AI technologies haven’t. Other generative AI tools can produce hallucinatory gibberish with ease, or they can just get many basic facts wrong. Google Bard doesn’t appear to be significantly more accurate thus yet. Errors vary from prompt to prompt when comparing some of Bard’s answers with those from Bing. Making a vegan meal plan is a prime example. Eggs, which are categorically not included in any vegan meal plan that I am aware of, are suggested by Bard as a snack.
Additionally, it is diverse, ranging from factual errors to specifics like the Tensor G2 processor utilized in the Pixel 7 series. It is predicated on the four nanometer method, which Google ought to be aware is just untrue. Additionally, there are several instances that defy logic, such as when Bard implies that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro haven’t even been released yet. Just the top of the iceberg, really. These errors are commonplace for generative AI and demonstrate how Bard still lags behind even some of the competitors and standard search results.
We said before how frustrating it was that Bard’s information was coming from so few reliable sources. Bing displays links to the sources of the material it pulls, whereas Bard just occasionally displays a line or a very short line. To make matters worse, you can’t even manually ask Bard to display further details about that. We’re hoping Google can address it throughout this trial period.
But there was one feature of Bard that really set it apart from other AI programs. At this point, Google isn’t treating this like a finished product, and it’s taking the necessary precautions to be responsible, or at least that’s how it seems. Google will repeatedly remind you that Bard is an AI and its information won’t always be accurate when you use the system. Under the chat box, there is a persistent banner that clearly states that Bard might contain false or inflammatory content that doesn’t reflect Google’s opinions. which surpasses some of the other chatbots that are available.
Bard also avoids talking about a lot of delicate subjects that you would try to broach. Therefore, if you inquire about a drug or a topic like weight reduction, Bard may choose to completely avoid the subject. Bard will not divulge its sources or go beyond the brief mention of particular people. Unless the individual is really popular, asking Bard for information about them doesn’t seem to work as intended. However, you may still get around this by providing a username or social handle to deceive the system, sometimes with quite bizarre results. Google is also hinting that Bard isn’t done in more subtle ways.
There isn’t a noticeable logo or branding other than the diamond emblem that appears next to the replies you’ll get. There isn’t even a shortcut-able icon for the product on the home screen of your smartphone. It’s just a plain web address.
Actually, Bard is currently isolated from the rest of the company’s products. There is no Bard in the Workspace applications, Google Search, or anywhere else for that matter. That will happen later, but for now, this is simply a preview. Instead of utilizing Bard in conjunction with the rest of the Google Suite, this is an early opportunity to test out the technology that underpins it. After our sample time, there are two ways to look at this. One is that Google might be attempting to be more responsible with Bard, at least in comparison to some of the other options out there. That unquestionably enters the picture. It appears that way, at least from the outside.
But if you read between the lines, it also appears that Google is making an effort to hide the fact that it is, in fact, a little behind the times. It’s good in and of itself when you test it out, but it’s not much better than what Microsoft and OpenAI are now offering to customers. It has some rough edges, and Google was absolutely correct to set reasonable expectations. But in other ways, it may have let us down a little.
The question now is whether Bard’s future will truly turn out to be better and if all of this information from searches or this search engine giant can be combined into a practical daily product that eventually replaces your typical search methods. It appears quite flimsy, at least at this point.
Have you been able to access this preview and give Bard a try for yourself, though? What queries or discoveries have you made? If I’m trying to learn some code myself, I genuinely prefer the thought of having some simple coding tasks created or even checked. And I’m expecting to see more of Bard’s justifications for why they made their decisions in a particular way. However, it’s still a long way from the competition, and at this point, it’s just something I do for fun. I’m aware that it’s a sneak peek.