Google Bard has been relatively quiet compared to ChatGPT and the new Bing with ChatGPT. But that has changed dramatically and many members of the public have already gotten access.
Initial reports suggested that only select “Pixel Superfans” would be receiving access via an email invite to early access. But Google must have changed its mind because now there is a waitlist(opens in new tab) where everyone can sign up for access.
Well, almost everyone. Workspace emails are not supported by the waitlist, so if you want to sign up for bard, you’ll need to sign up with your personal Gmail rather than your work email. But otherwise, just head over to the Google Bard waitlist and sign up, I signed up when the waitlist went live and was granted access later that day, so you shouldn’t have to wait for long.
What makes Google Bard different?
“Google Bard” is a term used to describe an artificial intelligence language model developed by Google that is similar to the one I am based on. What makes Google Bard different is the way it was trained and the specific tasks it was designed to perform. Google Bard was trained on a massive amount of data from a wide range of sources, including books, articles, and websites, and is able to generate human-like text on a variety of topics.
One of the key features that sets Google Bard apart is its ability to generate poetry. In 2021, Google introduced a feature called “PoemPortraits” that uses Google Bard to create personalized poems based on user inputs, such as a word or phrase that represents a particular emotion or feeling. The resulting poems are displayed alongside an image that represents the user’s input, creating a unique and interactive art piece.
Another feature of Google Bard is its ability to answer questions and provide information on a wide range of topics. Google has integrated the language model into its search engine, allowing users to ask complex questions and receive accurate and informative responses. Additionally, Google Bard has been used to develop chatbots and other conversational interfaces, enabling more natural and human-like interactions between users and machines.
Overall, what makes Google Bard different is its versatility and ability to perform a range of tasks, from generating poetry to answering complex questions. Its development and integration into various products and services have expanded the capabilities of AI language models and opened up new possibilities for human-machine interaction.
Why is Google going so slow with Bard?
After a factual error in a previous demo cost Google over $100 billion, it’s understandable why it has taken so long for Bard to meet the wider world. Considering some of the stranger behaviors of ChatGPT and Bing, perhaps waiting was wise to avoid the likes of ChatGPT’s evil twin DAN from repeating themselves. We will have to wait and see how easily it can be ‘jailbroken’.
Considering Google’s market leader position, it has a responsibility to get things right rather than just try something different like the new Bing, which did admittedly reach 100 million daily users thanks to the ChatGPT integration. The reputational damage of Google Bard providing false information could hurt the image of its traditional search offering and cause much more in losses.
With all that being said, part of the reason Google was so far behind launching is that it seems to have been genuinely taken off guard by ChatGPT and the threat it poses to search engines. OpenAI only released ChatGPT in November 2022, but it was revealed that it had been working on its GPT technology for years. It was GPT3 that provided the big increase in performance that lead to public release. With GPT-4 arriving last week, Google needed to start catching up quickly, and now it seems to be.
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