What is Bard?
Bard is Google’s experimental, conversational, AI chat service. It is meant to function similarly to ChatGPT, with the biggest difference being that Google’s service will pull its information from the web. Like most AI chatbots, Bard can code, answer math problems, and help with your writing needs.
Is the Bard free to use?
Bard is free and easy to use, making it a convenient alternative to ChatGPT plus’s $20 a month subscription.
Google Bard is now powered by Google’s very own and most advanced large language model (LLM) PaLM 2, which was unveiled at Google I/O 2023.
PaLM 2 — a more advanced version of PaLM, which was released in April 2022 — will allow Bard to be much more efficient and to perform at a higher level.
The initial version of Bard used a lightweight model version of LaMDA, because it required less computing power and could be scaled to more users.
LaMDA was built on Transformer, Google’s neural network architecture that it invented and open-sourced in 2017. Interestingly, GPT-3, the language model ChatGPT functions on, was also built on Transformer, according to Google.
Google’s decision to use its own LLMs, LaMDA and PaLM 2, was a bold decision from Google since some of the most popular AI chatbots right now, including ChatGPT and Bing Chat, use a language model in the GPT series.
At Google I/O, Google announced that Bard will support Japanese and Korean, and is on track for supporting 40 more languages soon.
Yes, in late May, Bard was updated to include images in its answers. The images are pulled from Google and shown when you ask a question that can be better answered by including a photo.
For example, when you ask Bard, “What are some of the best places to visit in New York?”, it provides a list of different places and includes photos for each.
Bard AI is finally available for the public to use. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use Google Bard:
- Visit the official website of the AI model, which is https://bard.google.com/
- Click on the “Try Bard” button, which can be found at the bottom right of your screen.
- Sign up for Bard with your Google account.
- And you are good to go!
Google has developed other AI services that have yet to be released to the public. The tech giant typically treads lightly when it comes to AI products and doesn’t release them until it’s confident in a product’s performance.
For example, Google has developed an AI image generator, Imagen, which could be a great alternative to OpenAI’s DALL-E when released. Google also has an AI music generator, MusicLM, which Google says it has no plans to release at this point.