Google, which in December last year declared a “red code” for the arrival of ChatGPT, has just presented its own conversational artificial intelligence (IA). If it’s Bard, a solution we’ve already heard about and whose heart is LaMDA, a powerful experimental language model designed specifically for dialogue applications.
The announcement was made by CEO of Alphabet, Sundar Pichai. In a publication entitled ‘The next important step in our journey towards IA’, the executive recognized that IA is the most complex technology in which they are working, but which they consider essential to fulfill their mission of “organizing the information of world and make it accessible”.
Google’s answer to ChatGPT exists, and it’s called Bard
The search giant explains that more than six years ago it reoriented its strategy towards AI. Since then he has been working on different solutions, being one of them LaMDA, which it is in the testing phase y limitada muy pocas personas (among them an engineer fired for suggesting that he had “conciencia”).
Google has just re-used LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) as Bard, a much more friendly number now that it approaches its general display. And, we say that it’s close because we still can’t use it. The company says that it will be available for a reduced group of “trust testers” starting today.
El movimiento, no obstante, is significant. Google, which for years has benefited from being the leader dominant in the search market, has seen how that position has been threatened by some changes in the industry. One of their concerns, apparently, is the possible adoption of GPT-4 on the part of Microsoft in Bing within a short time.
We still don’t know what capabilities Bard will have when he reaches the public, but Pichai has given us very important clues. In the first place, we have the certainty that it will be connected to the Internet, a substantial advantage with respect to the current ChatGPT and ChatGPT Plus, the payment version of the bot, which have restricted knowledge, specifically, to some time in 2021.
“Bard takes information from the internet and uses it to offer current and high-quality answers,” says Google’s top manager. In addition, he explains, that it will serve to “satiate the curiosity o give a laugh to creativity“. The idea, as we can see in the GIF above, is to ask questions in natural language and receive elaborated and completed answers quickly.
Google’s conversational AI will not work independently of the search engine, but will be integrated as a function that seeks to give value to searches and attract those users who seek a direct explanation in a deep way and do not want to navigate between hundreds of results. Now, well, it’s time to wait to see how the company will address the dangers of AI.
Let’s remember that one of the big challenges that those involved in launching massive AI-driven products have is the veracity of the answers. This technology has a great capacity (for evil) of inventing facts, throwing inaccurate data and enhancing social problems such as racism and xenophobia. In fact, Google has tried to be very careful to avoid damaging its reputation.
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Si todo sale according to expectation, from Bard’s massive deployment it should not take too long. The Mountain View company says that it will be made available to the public “in the next few weeks”, después de que los testers if in charge of probarla. Likewise, from next month, developers will have the possibility to experiment with the API of this technology to feed their own applications.
The race to lead in the world of artificial intelligence with different products, que también puede ser un negocio multimillionario, se pone cada vez más interesante. OpenAI’s move to launch ChatGPT to the public last year seems to have awakened a sleeping giant, Google. Now is when we will begin to discover the true potential of the tools developed in the laboratories of the search giant.
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