Google AI Chatbot Bard Takes on OpenAI’s ChatGPT in the Battle for AI Dominance
Google takes $144 billion hit after AI chatbot Bard gives the wrong answer.
Big Tech is in a race to release products that can compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the fastest-growing AI chatbot app in history. Google’s AI Chatbot Bard, is set to be launched soon, but it has already caused controversy with its inaccurate impersonation of ChatGPT.
Google’s AI Chatbot Bard
In a recent Google blog post, the company showcased Bard’s user experience through an animated graphic. Unfortunately, the AI in the demo claimed that the James Webb Space Telescope took the first ever picture of an exoplanet, which is not true. The first ever picture of an exoplanet was captured in 2004, and the James Webb Space Telescope took its first picture of an exoplanet in September of last year.
This error highlights the ongoing issue of generative AI products disregarding truth value, which could be a reason for consumers to continue using traditional search engines. Microsoft is integrating a ChatGPT-like answer engine into Bing, but as Microsoft notes, there may still be inaccuracies in the information presented.
Google’s Bard made a big impact in its debut, but not in the way the company had intended. After serving up incorrect information during a promotional video, shares in Google parent company Alphabet Inc saw a major selloff, wiping out approximately $100 billion of its market value. This represents Alphabet’s biggest stock price drop in three months.
In response to the controversy, Google stated that they will begin a rigorous testing process with their Trusted Tester program, combining external feedback with internal testing to ensure the quality, safety, and accuracy of Bard’s responses.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has recently unveiled a new iteration of the Bing search engine and Edge browser that leverages OpenAI’s technology. The company plans to invest more billions in this field.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the future lies in AI chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard.
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