Google’s Response To ChatGPT
ChatGPT took the world by storm and gained immense popularity when it launched in 2022, capitulating artificial intelligence and its associated concerns into the spotlight. Led by Sam Altman, OpenAI was way ahead of its competitors back then, namely Google and Microsoft.
Bard is Google’s answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. As a chatbot that utilizes AI technology, it is currently in early stages and Google refers to it as an “experiment”. However, things are about to change for Google’s beloved chatbot as it is expected to become increasingly integrated into our everyday apps. Bard is similar to ChatGPT in many ways, but the question remains whether it can compete with it.
That is for you to decide!
How it all started!
Despite facing setbacks, search giant Google launched its initial version of Bard in February 2023. Trained on a large language model (LLM) named LaMDA, this version had flaws that easily wiped out $100 billion in market value from parent company Alphabet.
The second time around, Google introduced a fresh edition of Bard that operated on PaLM2 (Pathways Language Model 2) in May 2023.
September 2023 saw Google accelerating its progress by announcing Bard extensions to combine AI with popular Google applications. Below we examine Google Bard to see if it has what it takes to rival ChatGPT.
What is Google Bard?
According to Google, Bard is a “conversational AI tool”, with which users can “brainstorm ideas, spark creativity, and accelerate productivity. Much like ChatGPT, it is a generative AI algorithm that is capable of producing images, audio, code, and text content. Utilizing information from its machine-learning model and natural language processing (NLP), Bard simulates human conversation. What’s more, Bard has seen great improvements to its speed, reasoning, logic, and mathematical abilities, all thanks to its next-generation language model PaLM2.
Bard vs. ChatGPT; which one is better?
Bard’s machine-learning model gathers information from data across the web, while the data provided to ChatGPT’s model was only up to date to 2021.
Bard is totally free to use. Now, ChatGPT also offers a free version called GPT-3.5, but there is a catch: it does not include web search data. Instead, GPT-4, which does include the feature along with other latest updates, costs $20 per month.
In addition to allowing prompts via microphone, Bard provides blocks of information through a straightforward interface, whereas ChatGPT provides the same information in a single text prompt.
Lastly, Bard and ChatGPT start to really diversify in their potential when it comes to content and output. On the one hand Bard is superior to GPT-3.5 in that it has the ability to research current information, but on the other hand, sources are not always reliable or accurate on the internet.
This is an important factor to take into account since both chatbots can be prone to “hallucinations”, especially models that include web search data as they may present false information as facts.