Google first announced the project Bard, a conversational AI, back in February and now the company is starting to open early access to the Bard chatbot.
Recently, Google announced AI text generation features for its Workspace apps, including Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Chat. Seemingly Google is focusing on bringing more and more AI to its apps and services to get ahead of its competitors like Microsoft and Open AI.
Google first opens early access to Bard AI for users in the U.S. and the U.K.
Google has announced the opening of early access to Bard AI, an experimental conversational AI service for Google Search. Early access to Bard AI is available for users in the U.S. and U.K. and will soon expand to more countries and languages over time.
Users can interact with Bard using natural language to ask questions and refine the answer with follow-up queries.
You might ask Bard to give you tips to reach your goal of reading more books this year, explain quantum physics in simple terms or spark your creativity by outlining a blog post.
Google has shared a few screenshots of its Bard chatbot and explained how it works:
At first, users will be presented with a blank chatbox with a disclaimer right under it that says “Bard may display inaccurate or offensive information that doesn’t represent Google’s views.”
While there are some sample prompts but users can type whatever they wish to in the text field. Then Bard looks for the answer and shows them all at once. Google says it is pretty much like other generative AI chatbots.
At the bottom of the answer, users have the option to rate the answer with a thumbs up or thumbs down, restart the conversation, or users can click on a “Google It” button to switch to Google’s search engine.
Unfortunately, Bard does not include footnotes with web sources. However, Google also gives you the ability to view more answers for the same query if a user is not satisfied with the previous one. Users will have to click in the top-right corner named View other drafts to load more answers.
Bard is powered by “a lightweight and optimized version” of Google’s LaMDA, and the company said it “will be updated with newer, more capable models over time.”
Users in the U.S. and U.K. who are interested in Bard can head over to bard.google.com and join the waitlist for early access.
Bard will soon be improved with capabilities like coding, more languages, and more. Google says that users’ feedback will help on improving the AI chatbot.