Google has unveiled Bard, an experimental conversation AI service, in an answer to the wildly popular chatbot ChatGPT from the Microsoft-backed firm OpenAI. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc, said the tech giant is opening Bard to test users for feedback, followed by a public release in the coming weeks. Google’s announcement on Bard sparked a range of reactions, with many saying that the “AI war” has been unleashed.
Sundar Pichai didn't say in his post whether Bard will be able to write prose in the vein of William Shakespeare, the playwright who apparently inspired the service's name.
“Incredibly disappointed at Google for this irresponsible, rushed #bard announcement. A slap in the face to all the content creators online,” tweeted Alexander De Ridder, a US-based entrepreneur.
Incredibly disappointed at Google for this irresponsible, rushed #bard announcement. A slap in the face to all the content creators online. #bardgate - A THREAD pic.twitter.com/6Y6p2PsaBL
— Alexander De Ridder (@adridder) February 6, 2023
The announcement also unleashed memes and jokes.
Journalist Trung Phan shared a meme featured Shakespeare in the body of the famous Pakistani cricket fan who became a fodder of thousands of memes.
“William Shakespeare after finding out that Google named it’s ChatGPT competitor ‘Bard’,” he tweeted.
William Shakespeare after finding out that Google named it’s ChatGPT competitor “Bard” pic.twitter.com/zsjRuUSrKG
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) February 6, 2023
"ChatGPT was Google's Sputnik moment," Google employee Zachary Nado said.
ChatGPT was Google's Sputnik moment https://t.co/hu9i3N45JT
— Zachary Nado (@zacharynado) February 6, 2023
Another user was disappointed with Google’s name for its chatbot service.
“Bard might be the worst name I’ve heard for a tech product in the past 5+ years,” Twitter user Ben said.
Bard might be the worst name I’ve heard for a tech product in the past 5+ years pic.twitter.com/mjkbB8k3pQ
— Ben (@thebentaytay) February 6, 2023
“Let the AI wars begin,” another user said.
ChatGPT? Bard A.I.?
Dude was ahead of his time: pic.twitter.com/QcYP5Mk0c4
— David Gura (@davidgura) February 7, 2023
New competitor in the house
Google Bard AI vs OpenAI ChatGPT https://t.co/qB4OdG5CAX pic.twitter.com/O62GFIwAxw
— Arpit Gupta (@appy_013) February 7, 2023
Google plans to add AI features to its search engine that synthesise material for complex queries, like whether learning guitar or piano is easier, Pichai said in a blogpost. Currently, Google presents text that exists elsewhere on the Web for questions where the answer is clear.