Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., on Tuesday made an announcement regarding its generative artificial intelligence, Bard, as reported by CNN.
Google is enhancing Bard’s capabilities to include fact-checking responses and the analysis of users’ personal Google data. This strategic move is part of Google’s ongoing efforts to compete with the rising popularity of ChatGPT.
ChatGPT, developed with the support of Microsoft-backed OpenAI, burst onto the scene last year, igniting a fierce competition within the tech industry to provide users access to generative AI technology. ChatGPT quickly became the fastest-growing consumer application in history, currently ranking among the top 30 websites globally.
In contrast, Google chatbot has not achieved the same level of success. In August, it received 183 million visits, which is only 13% of what ChatGPT received, according to Similarweb, a website analytics firm.
In response to this challenge, Google is introducing Bard Extensions to make strides in the ever-evolving AI landscape. Bard Extensions will allow users to import their data from other Google products, such as searching their files in Google Drive or obtaining a summary of their Gmail inbox. Initially, Bard will only support data integration from Google apps, but Google is collaborating with external companies to expand this capability in the future, as noted by Google’s senior product director, Jack Krawczyk.
Additionally, Bard is addressing a common issue in generative AI, which is the occurrence of inaccurate responses, often referred to as “hallucinations.” Bard users will now have the ability to compare Bard’s answers with Google search results, highlighting any disparities. Krawczyk explained that the goal is to build users’ trust in generative AI by ensuring Google chatbot acknowledges its lack of confidence when providing responses.
Furthermore, a third new feature in Bard enables users to invite others to join their Bard conversations, enhancing the collaborative aspect of the AI experience.