Google says it is working quickly to bring new generative AI Chatbot features to market in response to the massive success of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
The company announced a new chatbot called Bard to compete with ChatGPT, a new conversational search feature that returns a package of multimedia search results, and a new generative AI API on which developers and creatives can build their own apps in a three-pronged announcement on Monday.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, announced in a blog post on Monday that the company’s new ChatGPT-like Bard chatbot, which is built on Google’s powerful natural language processing model LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), will be made available to a group of “trusted testers” outside the company. Google says the tool will be released to the general public after some safety issues and other kinks are thoroughly checked out, but it does not stipulate a time frame.
According to Pichai, Bard uses web information to provide fresh, high-quality responses. “Bard can be a creative outlet and a launchpad for curiosity, allowing you to explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old, or learn more about the best strikers in football right now, and then get drills to improve your skills,” Pichai writes.
Google says in the second part of the announcement that it is incorporating generative AI into its search product for broad searches with multiple correct answers. So, if a user asks the search engine, “Is it easier to learn the piano or the guitar, and how much practice does each require?” It may return a collection of multimedia content that answers a variety of questions posed by the request (for example, “what are the most popular methods of learning piano scales?”). It may return various subjective perspectives on the question from people who know.
“So you can quickly understand the big picture and learn more from the web: whether that’s seeking out additional perspectives, such as blogs from people who play both piano and guitar, or going deeper on a related topic, such as steps to get started as a beginner,” Pichai explains. According to him, the new search features will “start rolling out on Google Search soon.”
AI FOR DEVELOPERS AND CREATIVES
Finally, Google says it will soon release new tools that will allow developers and creators to build their own AI-powered applications, AI cloud services, and AI-assisted ad campaigns.
Pichai writes that Google will begin providing access to its Generative Language API to individual developers, creators, and enterprises next month (initially powered by LaMDA). This API can be used by end users to create their own natural language apps. Google says it will work with Cohere, C3.ai, and Anthropic through Google Cloud partnerships to help expand the API to more partners. “We intend to create a suite of tools and APIs over time…” Pichai says.