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Warning Against 'Hallucinating' Chatbots Issued By Google In A Newspaper Interview

Warning Against 'Hallucinating' Chatbots Issued By Google In A Newspaper Interview
A newspaper interview published on Saturday shows that the CEO of Google's search engine has issued a warning against the drawbacks of artificial intelligence in chatbots, even as Google's parent company Alphabet fights it out to rival the blockbuster app ChatGPT, which was launched by a startup supported by Microsoft.
"This kind of artificial intelligence we're talking about right now can sometimes lead to something we call hallucination," Prabhakar Raghavan, senior vice president at Google and head of Google Search, told Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
"This then expresses itself in such a way that a machine provides a convincing but completely made-up answer," Raghavan said in comments published in German. One of the fundamental tasks, he added, was keeping this to a minimum.
In November last year, OpenAI, a startup that has a $10 billion investment from Microsoft, launched the ChatGPT. SAince its introduction this app has caught the imagination of users because of its astounding human like reactions and responses to queries placed by users. This had put Google on the back foot in this race.
In rivalry to ChatGPT, earlier this week Alphabet Inc introduced  its own chatbot called Bard. However the software came under fire from users after it shared inaccurate information in a promotional video – a mistake and that was not taken well by investors as the company lost almost $100 billion in market cap on Wednesday.
There has however been no word from Alphabet about when it would officially launch Brad for the public as the company is still undertaking user testing for the chatbot.
"We obviously feel the urgency, but we also feel the great responsibility," Raghavan said. "We certainly don't want to mislead the public."

Christopher J. Mitchell

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