An Overview of Google Bard and the Current State of the AI Arms Race
In the field of man-made reasoning (computer based intelligence), Google and Microsoft have long taken part in a wild fight. The rivalry began nearly a year ago with the introduction of Google Lambda 2, which left many impressed. Microsoft, in response, made a significant investment of 19 billion dollars in OpenAI, followed by an improved 4.0 version of gpt3 for their search engine, Bing. In this ongoing competition, Google has unveiled its answer to Microsoft’s advancements: Google Bard.
Recently announced at the Live from Paris event, Google Bard is a chat application powered by GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) technology. It aims to counter the AI arms race initiated by Microsoft and OpenAI. Google provided a glimpse into the capabilities of Bard during the event, showcasing a few compelling examples. One such example involved seeking recommendations for car selection, exploring pros and cons, and assisting with trip planning. Google emphasized that Bard would utilize less computing power, and while it is currently limited to trusted testers in a private beta phase, it is expected to roll out to the wider public soon.
Nora: AI for Difficult Questions:
In addition to Google Bard, Google also plans to introduce Nora, an AI technology designed to tackle challenging questions that lack a definitive answer. Nora, an abbreviation for “no one right answer,” addresses queries involving preferences or choices. By incorporating generative AI technology into Google Search, the company aims to enhance diversity, promote open web content, and provide users with the most relevant recommendations. Nora is expected to be deployed in search much sooner than Google Bard.
Expanding Search and Recommendations:
Google has set its sights on expanding the search experience beyond traditional queries. For instance, Google Images will combine multiple angled photos of shoes to create interactive 360-degree images. The company also intends to leverage generative AI technologies to offer personalized recommendations and pairings. This approach bears some resemblance to managing a Pinterest board but with more sophisticated AI capabilities. While Google Bard may not currently match Bing’s extensive functionality, Google’s wide reach through smartphones could give them a competitive advantage in the long run. However, concerns arise regarding Google’s lag in workspace technology and innovation compared to Microsoft’s efforts to improve their enterprise offerings.
Google Bard is still in its early stages and is currently accessible only to trusted testers. The true extent of its capabilities and potential impact on the AI battle with Microsoft remains to be seen. It is crucial for Google to focus on improving consumer outreach, particularly in terms of smartphones and search, while also addressing the shortcomings in their workspace technology and innovation. As the opposition between these tech monsters proceeds, the reality of the situation will surface eventually which organization will arise as the forerunner in the man-made intelligence weapons contest.