Google Bard Coming to Pixel Phones as a Widget!

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Owners of Pixel phones who also adore AI are ecstatic at the moment. That’s because, according to 9to5Google(opens in a new tab), Google is purportedly developing a home screen widget for its AI chatbot Bard. Bard will have Android connectivity “in the near future,” according to code seen by that publication, which may feature or possibly be focused around the aforementioned widget.

We currently only have that much information, which is unfortunate. 9to5The Bard widget’s intended use was not stated in Google’s report. It might only serve as the Bard chatbot’s home screen counterpart, which is currently available in your web browser, but it might also include additional features.

There are a few more intriguing tidbits in the study that are worth exploring. The Bard widget may initially only be available for Pixel phones, to start. The second is that at the moment, before users can start conversing with Bard, they must join a waiting. Users with Pixel devices might be exempt from the waitlist, or it might simply expire soon. Pixel users benefit in any case.

Don’t be surprised if we learn more about this soon given that Google is scheduled to conduct its annual I/O conference, which focuses on hardware and software, next week.

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Where did the term “Bard” come from?

Bard is a generative AI, which is the umbrella term for AI models that can produce new content and includes ChatGPT and DALL-E. Although generative AIs can produce audio, video, and images, Bard is an AI chatbot that focuses on producing text, specifically text that responds to your inquiries in a kind, conversational manner.

Bard can also be referred to as a large language model (LLM). This particular neural network has been trained to understand English language by being given enormous amounts of material. One constraint and a major reason why ChatGPT believes it is yet 2021 is the training data used here, which is when the AI “learned to talk,” so to speak. Bard may have comparable internal problems, but it more than makes up for this with its Google Search interface, which provides it with data on current events in addition to its base LLM training.

Bard might appear to be a product that was hurried to market given the timing in order to compete with ChatGPT 4’s launch. Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA), which was made available in 2021, powers Bard. The new tool from OpenAI thus has a connection to the one from Google, but Bard has been under development for many years.

How does the Google Bard work?

Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) technology forms the foundation of Google Bard. Transformer, a 2017-released neural network architecture from Google, served as the foundation for LaMDA. Due to Google’s open source release of Transformer, it has served as the foundation for various generative AI tools, such as the GPT-3 language model used in ChatGPT.

With its generative AI settings, OpenAI’s ChatGPT can generate anything from novel synopses to original text. Bard, on the other hand, is built for searching. It seeks to make it possible for more natural language queries to be accepted as search terms.

The artificial intelligence (AI) of Bard is honed using conversations that sound natural. It gives context to the responses rather than just a list of answers. It is also intended to assist with follow-up inquiries, which are new search terms.

What year did Google Bard debut?

Google started granting consumers access to Bard on March 21, 2023, and asked them to sign up for a waitlist.

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On February 6, 2023, Google Bard was first teased with an ambiguous release date. Many people think that Google rushed Bard out before it was ready because of the pressure from ChatGPT’s success and favorable coverage. For instance, it provided a terribly incorrect response to a query during a live demonstration by Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

“What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9-year-old about?” a user questioned Bard during the session. According to Bard’s statement, the JWST “took the very first pictures of a planet outside of our own solar system.” Astronomers promptly pointed out on social media that Bard’s response was false by pointing out that the first photograph of an exoplanet was captured by an earthbound observatory in 2004. The following day, Google’s market worth dropped by $100 billion as a result of the embarrassing error.

What are the limitations of Bard?

Given that Bard is still in its early stages of development, it is challenging to predict what its limitations will be.

It must, however, learn and be educated on providing the right answer from false or misleading material, as was clear during its initial demo, much like all AI chatbots. Due to the constant need to absorb new knowledge, AI training is a laborious and computationally costly process.

Is Bard free?

Google hasn’t indicated that it will charge for use as of this writing. Despite its cloud computing business, Google has never charged clients for services. Currently, it is assumed that Bard will be incorporated into Google’s default search engine and that access to it would be unrestricted.

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