A battle between Google and Microsoft over artificial intelligence (AI) has been set up by Google’s announcement on Monday that it will unveil a conversational chatbot named Bard. Microsoft has invested billions in the developers of ChatGPT, a language program that accurately replicates human writing.
The San Francisco company OpenAI’s ChatGPT has made a splash for its ability to compose essays, poems, or programming code on demand in a matter of seconds, igniting widespread concerns about cheating or the extinction of entire professions.
With hopes that it will adapt the program to its Office suite and Bing search engine, Microsoft stated last month that it was supporting OpenAI and that it has started integrating ChatGPT features into its Teams platform.
The possibility of Google’s integration in Bing brought attention to the corporation and rumors that its globally renowned search engine would experience unprecedented competition from an AI-powered rival.
According to media sources, Google’s founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who parted ways several years ago, were called back in to explore solutions and expedite a reaction after ChatGPT’s sudden popularity was deemed a “code red” threat.
The lackluster profits reported last week by Alphabet, the company that owns Google, which fell short of market forecasts, increased the pressure to act. The corporation revealed last month that it was letting go of 12,000 employees as it focused more on AI projects.
The fact that Google made its announcement on the eve of Microsoft’s introduction of an AI-related product indicates that the two tech titans will compete for generative AI.
According to independent tech analyst Rob Enderle, “Generative AI is a game changer and just like the development of the internet sank the networking giants that came before (AOL, CompuServe, etc.), it has the potential to disrupt the competitive dynamic for search and information.
He continued, “Google still relies heavily on the fact that their search engine is the most popular; this might change that, relegating them to history.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated in a blog post on Monday that Bard conversational AI was going to be tested with the intention of making it more accessible to the general public “in the coming weeks.”
The Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) technology serves as the foundation for Google’s Bard, which has been under development for a while.
Pichai, referring to the technology underlying ChatGPT-like AI, said that “Bard aspires to integrate the depth of the world’s knowledge with the strength, intellect, and creativity of our massive language models.”
He said, “It uses data from the web to deliver new, high-quality responses.”
Before the advent of ChatGPT, which was made available in late November, Google had been hesitant to introduce its own language-based AI out of concern about the reputational risk of making a premature release.
Pichai emphasized that Bard’s responses would “reach a high bar for quality, safety, and groundedness in real world knowledge.”
In order to save computational power and appeal to a larger audience, Bard would also employ a constrained version of its fundamental language paradigm, similar to ChatGPT.
Google also said that customers would soon see AI-powered improvements in its search engine, which is crucial for its impending battle with Microsoft.
According to Pichai, modern solutions would “distill complex facts and different opinions into easily digestible formats.”