“Maria Diaz/ZDNET” – At the same time that new artificial intelligence (AI) tools were dominating headlines with their innovative ideas and captivating abilities, Google’s own creation was gaining attention for entirely different reasons. Bard’s initial performance was originally found lacking on more than one occasion. From its abysmal opening debut to its official launch, users struggled to get the chatbot to provide accurate information or even follow along with a conversation without hallucinating.
But Google has made some large improvements to Bard since then, including replacing its large language model (LLM), which is like the engine that powers the chatbot, with Gemini Pro, the company’s most advanced LLM yet. The Bard from a year ago isn’t the same Bard that you can access today: Bard can hold helpful conversations that rival those of ChatGPT, can generate images, and provides a smooth integration with Google Workspace. Also: Google reportedly rebranding Bard to Gemini, adding ‘Advanced’ subscription service
“Google Bard” – is now a great assistive AI chatbot; a generative AI tool that can generate text for everything from cover letters and homework to computer code and Excel formulas, question answers, and detailed translations. Similar to ChatGPT, Bard uses AI to provide human-like conversational responses when prompted by a user.
“To start using Google’s new chatbot, you’ll want to visit the Bard homepage by going to Bard.Google.com and then logging in to your Google account.”
“Google Bard is pretty straightforward; you’ll be taken to the chat window once you log in. Like the other popular AI chatbots available for widespread use, the Google Bard chat window has been optimized to be user-friendly and easy to navigate.”
“You can also ask Bard to create images, just like you can with ChatGPT Plus and Microsoft Copilot (aka Bing Chat). Simply write your prompt for Bard to generate the image you’d like to see in the same chat window.”
“Google doesn’t save your entire interaction each time you chat with its chatbot, but it does save the prompts and questions you asked.”
“Bard uses Google’s proprietary LLM named Gemini Pro, instead of the GPT series, which is the technology that many popular AI chatbots are using.”
“Google Bard and other AI chatbots, such as Bing Chat (aka Copilot) and ChatGPT, certainly have the potential to replace search engines. These AI tools are trained on information available on the web to provide answers to users’ queries, but instead of giving them a list of websites where that answer may or may not be found, these tools generate a textual response in a conversational manner.”