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Google Introduces ChatGPT Rival Bard, As Well As AI Search Plans In Competition With Microsoft

Google Introduces ChatGPT Rival Bard, As Well As AI Search Plans In Competition With Microsoft
Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google, announced on Monday that it will launch a chatbot service and more artificial intelligence for its search engine as well as developers, in response to Microsoft Corp's rivalry to lead a new wave of computing.
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced its own AI announcement for Tuesday.
The news storm reflects how Silicon Valley anticipates massive change from so-called generative AI, technology that can generate prose or other content on command and free up the time of white-collar workers.
The rise of ChatGPT, a chatbot from Microsoft-backed OpenAI that could change how consumers search for information, has been one of Google's most significant challenges in recent memory.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a blog post that his company is launching a conversational AI service called Bard to test users for feedback, followed by a public release in the coming weeks.
He also stated that Google intends to add artificial intelligence (AI) features to its search engine that will synthesize material for complex queries, such as whether learning guitar or piano is easier. For questions with obvious answers, Google currently displays text from elsewhere on the Web.
Google's search update, the timing of which was not disclosed, reflects how the company is strengthening its service, while Microsoft is doing the same for Bing by incorporating OpenAI's capabilities.
According to an invitation seen by Reuters, Microsoft has stated that it intends to incorporate AI into all of its products and plans to brief news outlets on unspecified developments on Tuesday with its CEO Satya Nadella. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman tweeted that he would also attend the event.
It's unclear how Google intends to distinguish Bard from OpenAI's ChatGPT. Pichai stated that the new service uses information from the internet; ChatGPT's knowledge is current as of 2021.
"Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world's knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our" AI, Pichai said.
LaMDA, Google's AI that generated text with such skill that a company engineer last year called it sentient, a claim widely dismissed by the technology giant and scientists, is at the heart of the new chatbot.
In a service demo, Bard, like its competitor chatbot, invites users to give it a prompt while cautioning that its response may be inappropriate or inaccurate. The demo then displayed three bulleted answers to a question about the discoveries of a space telescope.
According to Pichai, Google is relying on a version of LaMDA that requires less computing power in order to serve more users and improve based on their feedback.
ChatGPT has turned away users due to its explosive growth, with UBS analysts reporting that it had 57 million unique visitors in December, potentially outpacing TikTok in adoption.
Google also plans to provide technology tools to creators and businesses beginning next month, powered first by LaMDA and later by other AI, according to Pichai.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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