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Google Opens Access to Bard AI Chatbot

The AI competition between Teech giants is heating up!

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is granting the public access to its ChatGPT competitor, the conversational AI service it calls Bard.

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Users in the US and UK can sign up for a waitlist, the company said Tuesday in a blog post, and people will be added on a rolling basis. Bard is Google’s effort to make up lost ground to OpenAI Inc. in the artificial intelligence race.

“Bard is here to help people boost their productivity, accelerate their ideas, and to fuel their curiosity,” Sissie Hsiao, Google’s vice president of product for Bard, said in a demonstration with Bloomberg reporters ahead of its launch.

The wider release comes amid heightened buzz in Silicon Valley over generative AI — software that can create text, images, music or even video based on user prompts. Google, a pioneer in the technology, has been working on such systems for years, but those efforts have been kept mostly within its labs.

Now, the company is playing catch-up to OpenAI and its backer Microsoft Corp., which have already made their conversational AI services more broadly available to the public. OpenAI’s ChatGPT has swept the globe in popularity since its November release and Microsoft recently integrated OpenAI’s tech into Bing search.

Google described its service as an “early experiment” to let users collaborate with generative AI technology. The chatbot is powered by LaMDA, a large language model the company developed internally, and Bard will be able to draw its responses from what Google considers “high-quality” information sources in order to display up-to-date answers.


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