At the same time that new artificial intelligence (AI) tools were dominating headlines with their innovative ideas and captivating abilities, Google’s own creation was gaining attention for entirely different reasons. Bard’s initial performance was originally found lacking on more than one occasion. From its abysmal opening debut to its official launch, users struggled to get the chatbot to provide accurate information or even follow along with a conversation without hallucinating.
But Google has made some large improvements to Bard since then, including replacing its large language model (LLM), which is like the engine that powers the chatbot, with Gemini Pro, the company’s most advanced LLM yet. The Bard from a year ago isn’t the same Bard that you can access today: Bard can hold helpful conversations that rival those of ChatGPT, can generate images, and provides a smooth integration with Google Workspace.
Google Bard is now a great assistive AI chatbot; a generative AI tool that can generate text for everything from cover letters and homework to computer code and Excel formulas, question answers, and detailed translations. Similar to ChatGPT, Bard uses AI to provide human-like conversational responses when prompted by a user.
How to use Google Bard
What can I ask Google Bard?
The Bard AI chatbot can answer most questions you ask since it uses search tools from Google. This capability is something the free version of ChatGPT can’t do, since it’s limited to knowing information up to January 2022. Bard’s AI-based answers can serve many purposes, from giving you recipes to helping you debug code.
Here are some examples of prompts you can ask the bot:
- Write two to-do lists, one for daily household cleaning and another for maintenance
- Write a —- plugin that does —–
- What is at the center of the Earth?
- Write a poem for a trashbag that fell in love with a reusable water bottle
- Define XML
As with all AI chatbots, it’s important to refrain from giving Bard any personally identifiable information or private data you don’t want to be shared. Even if generative AI tools say they are private, personal information isn’t something that should be used to test that claim.
Does Bard provide inaccurate answers?
When Bard AI was announced last year, it faced scrutiny after factual mistakes made during its demo. Users have subsequently wondered whether Google’s new chatbot still continues to provide inaccurate or inappropriate responses, and whether it can be trusted, as some have come to trust other AI tools.
Google has reiterated that Bard is an experiment capable of making mistakes. The company upgraded Bard to use its latest-generation LLM, Gemini Pro — after launching the AI chatbot with its earlier model, LaMDA, and then updating it to PaLM 2 — and has made significant upgrades to the user experience through integrations with Gmail, Maps, Lens, and more.
Having tested Bard often in the past year, I believe it’s a great AI chatbot, offering a pretty similar experience to ChatGPT and Copilot. It’s worth noting that all AI chatbots can provide inaccurate information, make mistakes, and have hallucinations.
Does Bard AI save my conversations?
Google doesn’t save your entire interaction each time you chat with its chatbot, but it does save the prompts and questions you asked.
That being said, as a search engine, Google is known for being one of the largest trackers in the world, so giving its chatbot private information is probably not a great idea.
Does Bard AI use GPT-4?
Bard uses Google’s proprietary LLM named Gemini Pro, instead of the GPT series, which is the technology that many popular AI chatbots are using.
Will Bard AI replace Google Search?
Google Bard and other AI chatbots, such as Bing Chat (aka Copilot) and ChatGPT, certainly have the potential to replace search engines. These AI tools are trained on information available on the web to provide answers to users’ queries, but instead of giving them a list of websites where that answer may or may not be found, these tools generate a textual response in a conversational manner. The drawback is that these answers may not always be accurate.
Some people might use AI chatbots in place of Google Search, especially since the added abilities of asking follow-up questions and generating text make it more functional for some use cases than a search engine.
Does Google Bard have a waitlist?
For months after its launch, Bard AI was only accessible through a waitlist. But in May, Google announced during its Google I/O event that it’s ending the waitlist access program and opening up its new AI tool to over 180 countries and territories. Now, anyone who logs in with their Google account can access Bard — no need to wait.