Sunday, May 19, 2024

Google Replies Chatgpt Challenge With Bard Expansion

Google says it is opening Bard, a rival to Microsoft-backed ChatGPT, to 180 countries as it expands use of artificial intelligence across its platform.

Executives at an annual Google developers conference in Silicon Valley said that generative AI will also be used to supercharge the tech giant’s leading search engine.

Microsoft’s dash into AI came despite fears about the technology’s potential threat to society, including its impact on the spread of disinformation and whether it could make whole categories of jobs obsolete.

Cathy Edwards of Google Search said the new experience would be akin to a search that is “supercharged” by a conversational bot.

Other Google executives laid out how generative AI is being woven into Gmail, photo editing, online work tools and more.

The company’s AI efforts would be carried out in a “bold and responsible” way, senior product director Jack Krawczyk said during a briefing.

Google’s expansion meant it removed a waitlist for Bard, letting users around the world engage with it in English after months of testing it out in the US and Britain.

On Tuesday, the tech giant announced the service has been rolled out in 180 countries and territories worldwide, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE among others in the region.

Bard is currently available in three languages – English, Japanese and Korean – but the AI chatbot will be modified to support 40 languages in coming months, according to Krawczyk.

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