Bard: Google’s AI blunder wipes shares

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Google attempts to persuade the public that it is still the market leader in artificial intelligence technology.

So far, the internet behemoth needs to provide the correct remedy.

In an advertisement promoting its latest AI bot, the bot responded erroneously to a question.

Alphabet’s shares fell more than 7% on Wednesday, erasing $100 billion (£82 billion) from the company’s market capitalization.

In a Twitter ad issued on Monday, the bot, dubbed Bard, was asked what to tell a nine-year-old about what the James Webb Space Telescope had uncovered.

It claimed that the telescope was the first to capture images of a planet beyond our solar system. On the other hand, the European Very Large Telescope did so in 2004. Astronomers quickly pointed out the inaccuracy on Twitter.

“Why didn’t you double-check this example before sharing it?” Newcastle University fellow Chris Harrison responded to the tweet.

Investors needed to be more enthused with the company’s presentation on how it planned to use artificial intelligence in its products.

Since the end of last year, when Microsoft-backed OpenAI released upgraded ChatGPT software, Google has been under fire. It quickly gained popularity because it could help individuals pass business school exams, write song lyrics, and solve other difficulties.

Microsoft announced last week that ChatGPT technology would be used more advanced in a new version of its Bing search engine, which has long lagged behind Google.

Investors have praised the push for artificial intelligence, but others have warned that advancing the technology increases the possibility of errors, skewed results, and plagiarism.

According to a Google representative, the incident underscored “how important a comprehensive testing system is, which we’re launching this week with our Trusted Tester program.”

“We’ll combine external feedback with internal testing to guarantee Bard’s answers meet a high level for quality, safety, and completeness of real-world information,” they said.

Last month, alphabet, Google’s parent firm, laid off 12,000 employees worldwide. This equated to about 6% of the company’s total workforce.

Bard is equipped with human-like responses

Bard is built on Google’s Lamda, a massive language model in and of itself. But, according to one developer, Lambda’s reactions were so human-like that he believed it could reason for itself.

The IT powerhouse also revealed new AI technologies for its search engine.

In an earlier blog post, Pichai claimed that Bard’s goal was to integrate the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the strength, intelligence, and creativity of huge language models.

AI chatbots are intended to locate information and respond to inquiries. The one that everyone is familiar with is ChatGPT. Although the internet provides a wealth of information, others are concerned that it contains offensive and erroneous material.

Mr. Pichai noted that he wants Google’s artificial intelligence services to be “responsible and brave,” but he did not explain on how Bard will be prohibited from sharing incorrect or offensive content.

He added that the platform would first run on a “lightweight” Lamda version, which would use less power and let more people use it simultaneously.

After investing billions of dollars in the firm that created OpenAI, people anticipated Microsoft to include the AI chatbot ChatGPT in its Bing search engine. As a result, Google announced its decision.

By 2021, ChatGPT will be able to answer questions and carry out requests utilizing information gathered from the internet. It can also produce speeches, music, commercials, news reports, and student papers.

People can use it for free, but the corporation loses a few pennies for each use. So, in addition to the free option, OpenAI has introduced a premium alternative.

Chatbots’ goal is to replace web link pages in internet searches with a single definitive answer.

According to Sundar Pichai, people are using Google searches to ask more difficult questions than they used to.

Previously, the number of keys on a piano would have been a frequently asked question. Instead, people are now more likely to ask if it is harder to learn than the guitar, which is tough to explain with facts.

What is Open AI?

OpenAI, a San Francisco-based firm, created chat GPT. It uses deep learning algorithms to react to search queries in a human-like manner.

In its latest version, Bing can provide more extensive responses to search requests rather than just website links.

Users can also chat with the bot to acquire more detailed responses to their questions. More relevant answers will be added to the right side of the search page.

The new Bing will be available immediately, but each person will be limited to a set number of searches.

The announcement came just one day after Google revealed details about Bard, their new chatbot.

Both companies are working hard to get their products to market.

Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives told investors in a letter sent following the news that Microsoft’s investment would “massively increase” the company’s capacity to compete.

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Since Microsoft demonstrated the technology on November 30, things have moved swiftly.

Microsoft was one of the first tech corporations to invest in the company. The corporation announced last month that it would continue to collaborate with OpenAI in a “multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment.”