In a move aimed at elevating its chatbot capabilities, Google has rolled out an impressive upgrade for Bard, its AI-powered conversational assistant. The latest enhancement, powered by the Gemini Pro model, is set to position Bard as a formidable competitor against OpenAI’s ChatGPT, offering users an enriched experience in English across 170 countries.
Bard, now running on Gemini Pro, represents a substantial leap forward in its functionality. Positioned as the middle-tier within the Gemini series, Pro strikes a balance between speed and efficiency while retaining optimal capabilities. Sissie Hsiao, head of Bard and Assistant at Google, emphasized that Gemini is the “biggest and best upgrade yet” for Bard, promising marked improvements in summarization, brainstorming, writing, and various other tasks.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, expressed his enthusiasm about the overall improvement Bard has undergone. In his testing, he noted a comprehensive upgrade in understanding user intent, providing more accurate and factual responses. Pichai highlighted the enhanced quality, making it particularly beneficial for coding tasks. The Gemini Pro model aims to deliver an all-encompassing enhancement, ensuring users find the product significantly better in various aspects.
While Bard currently functions as a chatbot, Google has ambitious plans for the near future. Next year, a preview of “Bard Advanced” is set to launch, powered by Gemini Ultra—the most powerful version of Google’s new language model. Notably, Gemini Ultra is a multimodal model, allowing interactions beyond text. Users can expect capabilities that extend to images, audio, and video, ushering in a new era of seamless integration across modalities.
Demis Hassabis, head of Google DeepMind, emphasized Gemini’s native multimodal design, a feature built from the ground up. This capability allows for seamless integration and reasoning across different modes of interaction. The non-text interactions shine in Gemini, as demonstrated by YouTuber Mark Rober using Bard to perfect a paper airplane by capturing AI-provided feedback through photos. Parents can also benefit, with the ability to upload images of their children’s homework for AI-assisted assistance in identifying errors.
Sundar Pichai sees this launch as a significant moment for Bard and the beginning of the Gemini era. While demos and promotional videos showcase the potential, Pichai acknowledges that this is just the start. If Google’s benchmarking holds true, the Gemini model might already position Bard as a chatbot rivaling ChatGPT, marking a substantial achievement.
With the introduction of Gemini Pro, Google’s Bard seems poised to offer users a more advanced and competitive conversational AI experience. As the technology evolves, the planned launch of Bard Advanced, driven by Gemini Ultra, signals a commitment to pushing the boundaries of multimodal interactions. Users in South Africa and beyond can anticipate a more capable and responsive Bard, unlocking new possibilities in natural language understanding and beyond. Stay tuned for further developments as Google’s Bard takes centre stage in the evolving landscape of conversational AI.