If you ever needed artificial intelligence’s help to plan a friend’s baby shower, your time has come, as Google officially unveiled an AI program it’s calling Bard.
It’s a really exciting time to be working on these technologies as they translate deep research and breakthroughs into products that truly help many people. That’s the journey Google , OpenAI and many others have been on with large language models. Two years ago Google unveiled next-generation language and conversation capabilities powered by our Language Model for Dialogue Applications (or LaMDA for short). They have been working on an experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA, that they are now calling Bard. And just now, they are taking another step forward by opening it up to trusted testers ahead of making it more widely available to the public in the coming weeks.
Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our large language models. It draws on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses. Bard can be an outlet for creativity, and a launchpad for curiosity, helping 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 build your skills. Use Bard to simplify complex topics, like explaining new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old.
Google is releasing it initially with a lightweight model version of LaMDA. This much smaller model requires significantly less computing power, enabling us to scale to more users, allowing for more feedback. Google will combine external feedback with their own internal testing to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.
Google is excited for this phase of testing to help us continue to learn and improve Bard’s quality and speed.
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