Tech giant Google has opened access to its AI-powered chatbot ‘Bard’ in the United Kingdom and United States. First announced in February, the tool is designed “combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of Google’s large language models.” “We’re starting to open access to Bard, an early experiment that lets you collaborate with generative AI. We’re beginning with the US and the UK and will expand to more countries and languages over time,” stated the company in a blog post. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed on Tuesday that Bard had undergone testing with 80,000 Google employees. As a “first step” towards wider adoption, the chatbot will now be tested with the public.
“As more people start to use Bard and test its capabilities, they’ll surprise us,” Pichai said in a memo to staff seen by AFP.Pichai warned Google’s employees that “things will go wrong. But user feedback is critical to improving the product and the underlying technology.” Google has indicated that Bard is still in the experimentation phase and asked users to try and share their impressions of the tool. Bard can be accessed by logging into the bard.google.com website, which is distinctly isolated from Google’s search engine. “You can use Bard to boost your productivity, accelerate your ideas, and fuel your curiosity,” said the company. Users might “ask Bard for tips to reach your goal of reading more books this year,” “explain quantum physics in simple terms,” or even “spark creativity by outlining a blog post,” explained the tech giant. “In case you were wondering: Bard did help us write this blog post — providing an outline and suggesting edits. Like all LLM-based interfaces, it didn’t always get things right. But even then, it made us laugh,” stated the company.