In Part I of this blog, we delved into Google’s AI Language Model for Dialogue Applications, Bard, to provide you with essential insights into this groundbreaking technology.
In Part II, we examine how Google’s new chatbot has evolved from other Language Models for Dialogue Applications (LaMDAs) to emerge as a leading AI solution. With the knowledge we have gained so far, we will examine Bard’s capabilities and strengths to determine its position in the competitive field of AI chatbots.
The Rise of Google Bard in Conversational AI (Part II)
Let’s dive deeper into the potential and capabilities of Google Bard.
How Does Google Bard Work?
Bard was developed using Google’s LaMDA technology, which is based on Transformer, a neural network architecture released by Google in 2017. LaMDA’s ability to generate natural-sounding conversational responses is achieved by contextualizing its answers and being equipped to assist with follow-up questions.
The AI chatbot has been developed to supplement Knowledge Graph cards by addressing NORA questions—those that have no one right answer. While Knowledge Graph cards provide definitions or overviews, Bard uses LaMDA language models to understand the context of the question and provide a conversational response similar to that of a real person. This is achieved by drawing on information from the web and utilizing LaMDA’s ability to comprehend colloquialisms and nuances with which traditional search engines struggle.
Google intends for Bard to help users understand topics and make informed decisions. However, users should be cautious when relying solely on chatbots for information, as they may not always be correct due to biases in the training datasets or outdated or conflicting information. Bard is currently a standalone utility, and users can chat with the AI to receive refined answers based on the context of their earlier questions. If the information provided by Bard seems off, users can ask for clarification, and the AI will correct itself and apologize.
Who Can Use It?
To use Bard, you must be at least 18 years old and have a personal Google account. The tool is currently only available in the United Kingdom and the United States, but Google plans to expand its availability to other countries. To sign up, go to bard.google.com and enter your Google address. Once you have registered, you will receive a notification when you can access the tool. After gaining access, you will be able to try out Bard and use its various functions.
How Is Google Planning to Implement Bard in Its Search?
Google has plans to use Bard as a search feature, although the company’s announcement in February was not very clear on how it will be integrated with the search feature. Because of this ambiguity, it was assumed that Bard would be incorporated into the search engine at some point. However, Google’s intention is not to replace search with Bard. Instead, the AI chatbot is intended to supplement it.
How Will Bard Be Integrated into Displaying Search Results?
While the specifics of integrating Bard into displaying search results remain limited, certain details shed light on how the process could work. Bard relies not only on its training dataset, but also on the wealth of information available on the internet to generate responses to different search queries. However, Google is still working on specific mechanisms to ensure the effective execution of this function.
Is It Free to Use?
At present, Google has made Bard available to the public for free, without any subscription fees. As the company plans to integrate Bard with its search feature, it is unlikely that it will charge users for accessing the AI chatbot.
However, given that other AI chatbots require users to subscribe to their services, it is possible that Google may introduce paid features in the future. As of now, there is no clear indication of any such plans, and the company has not made any official announcement regarding potential subscription models for Bard.
How Does Bard Compare to ChatGPT?
Perhaps the most significant difference between Google’s Bard and ChatGPT will be that the former will be able to use live information on the internet. That is unlike ChatGPT, which can only use the text that was collected during its training, which was before 2021.
In addition, Bard, Google’s new language model, possesses the ability to integrate seamlessly with various non-search products offered by the company. These include popular services such as Gmail, Docs, Chrome OS, Android, and the Chrome browser, among others. Furthermore, Google has suggested that it plans to incorporate AI generation into its Workspace and Gmail services. However, as of now, no concrete details have been released regarding the specifics of these developments.
With such integrations, you can ask Bard to write documents directly in different apps and summarize websites without copy-pasting the data. And there is a possibility of being able to use it with voice prompts, which is something that cannot be done with ChatGPT.
Another main difference is related to the language capabilities of both. For instance, Bard will be the first AI chatbot that provides a glimpse into Google’s LaMDA model. On the other hand, other AI chatbots like ChatGPT rely on some variation of OpenAI’s GPT – 3.5 and GPT – 4 models. The model that Google Bard uses may perform just as well or even better. However, we can only be certain once we have used the chatbot for a while.
Lastly, Bard can also deliver shorter responses to help users find exactly what they are looking for faster; so, users who may be looking for a short piece of content would have a better experience.
Generative AI is poised to revolutionize the search landscape and reshape public perception. This will have significant implications for advertisers, marketers, and publishers. As Bard becomes available to users worldwide and fulfills its projected potential, it will likely have a more profound impact on SEO practices than previous algorithm updates. This shift will provide content creators with an opportunity to focus on crafting informative content that answers more nuanced and sophisticated queries effectively. As such, the introduction of Bard may encourage higher-quality content that meets the growing demand for in-depth information.