Google announced the start of restricted testing for its Bard AI platform, an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot that seeks to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT, on Tuesday, March 21. Users in the United States and the United Kingdom can now use the generative AI product at bard.google.com.
Product Vice President Sissie Hsiao and Research Vice President Eli Collins commented on the potential uses of Bard in a blog post titled “Try Bard and share your feedback.” They claimed it might boost productivity, inspire ideas, and satisfy curiosity. Google intends to expand Bard’s availability to other nations and languages gradually.
Users will sign in with their Google accounts during the trial period, and the company intends to set some boundaries to ensure valuable and on-topic exchanges. While there will be no constraints on the number of daily talks, Google wants to limit the number of exchanges in a single dialogue.
Each response from Bard will include three different versions, allowing Google to understand how frequently consumers interact with the AI. Since its inception in November, OpenAI has been rapidly testing and developing ChatGPT technology. Since late 2022, Google has been using their LaMDA technology in the Bard chatbot and search sites, with the official announcement in January.
Being an experimental product, Bard will likely include inaccuracies and generate inappropriate responses. If users have any reservations about the information supplied, Google recommends double-checking Bard’s replies using the “Google It” option. The company also solicits customer feedback via “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” buttons to improve the AI platform.
This limited launch follows criticism from employees and investors for Google’s previous attempt to roll out Bard, which appeared rushed to compete with Microsoft’s Bing integration of ChatGPT. Google is now making its AI products available to a limited number of Workspace users, including Gmail and other productivity applications.