The tech industry and enthusiast users around the world have woken up to the interesting news of Google’s newest AI generative tool; Bard. Now, why is this big news? Simply, because this comes only a few months after OpenAI
released its chatbot generative AI-powered tool, ChatGPT, which by now has been known almost to everyone.
This rings a warning bell to Google who’s been pioneering the tech industry but now has to roll their sleeves up for a new challenge that apparently won’t be easy to toggle off with Microsoft’s release statement of its collaboration with OpenAI. Microsoft understood the future of AI and decided to play all the cards in their hands with their announcement of the upcoming integration of ChatGPT with Microsoft Edge
While this news may seem exciting for users, it sure is not for Google as they have to overcome a real threatening scenario here that has already cost them a huge loss that forced them to try figuring this out within the shortest time possible because the tech industry has no mercy when it comes to new innovations; you either hop on the trend while it’s hot or watch the show from the audience side, and let’s face it, no one wants that.
ChatGPT vs. Bard: Let’s Learn More
It’s no discussion matter that everyone is enjoying the show of this neck-to-neck battle between Bard and ChatGPT or better said tech-to-tech. This can be attributed to the history of achievements each company has established and the high expectations the AI sector is placing with each innovation that sees the light. That said, let’s have a brief of both and learn the difference so you could be the fair judge in this match.
ChatGPT is OpenAI’s latest chatbot tool that relies on generative AI to function. The tool was launched in November 2022 and successfully managed to gain millions of users within days of release only. The main purpose of this tool- as the word “chatbot”
suggests- is to allow users to submit questions and inquiries about various topics and then receive answers from the chatbot, as simple as that. To make it even clearer, instead of searching among tons of articles on the internet, it’s almost as if you have a special assistant who’ll do the tough part of the search for you and provide you with the most relevant answers. That’s cool and we have no doubts about it.
However, the tool does indeed have its drawbacks that can be attributed to the source of information it’s fed with. ChatGPT relies on Machine Learning and the GPT-3
language model to function. The user’s queries are answered and submitted in the form of a dialogue with each session the user creates. The issue lies with the way this information is gathered and submitted to be used as input data. What does this mean? Stay with us, we’re about to slice the cake into smaller pieces so you could digest it all.
ChatGPT’s source of information has been updated up to 2021
only, which means that any recent data that exists after that is still not available for the tool to provide its users with. And as of now, we still haven’t clearly seen how it’ll be embedded with Bing
Edge to share fair viewpoints that are more data-based. But one thing we all agree on is that we’re going to be witnessing one hell of a rivalry between the two chatbots very soon. Some of the content ChatGPT is able to generate includes, blogs, posts, articles, email replies, codes, and much more.
Bard is Google’s rival chatbot AI-generated tool that is yet to be launched, as of now, its expected release date is by the end of February. Bard’s source of information, unlike ChatGPT, has been set up to date so the data retrieved, and answers provided to the users are not restricted to a certain date. The tool relies on the Language Model for Dialogue Applications, also known as LaMDA
which has been developed to understand natural language via relatively advanced features that understand words and patterns in sentences better than other chatbots available at the moment.
This can be considered a very determining factor if the tool’s release does not disappoint, but since both tools offer similar purposes for users, there had to be some different features that set Bard and ChatGPT apart from one another. Google already has its search engine that has long been dominating- if not affected by the ChatGPT and Bing integration- hence, this means that Google has to offer something valuable to users that they don’t usually get with Google’s search engine.
The Bard chatbot AI-powered tool promises users with a more personalized experience as it will not only give users the exact updated answers from the updated data available alone, but also provide them with the exact link, source of information, and help them achieve other tasks like booking and making reservations. You can consider it that one reliable friend you always go to but now it’s available to support you 24/7 via an AI-powered chatbot called Bard.
Whether we’re talking Bard or ChatGPT, the fact that both sides have challenges to consider remains a fact so clear. The challenge for Bard is having to present today’s goals by yesterday to close the timing gaps with their competitor, ChatGPT. On top of that, Google's presence has been somewhat threatened and this won’t be a one-time occurrence, you see, Microsoft understands now what it takes to keep up with the game and they’re doing it at a faster pace than what Google has perhaps expected. This ultimately means that Google has to present Bard as soon as possible, and soon won’t be enough to make up for the loss, it has to be soon, perfect, and with extra advantages that ChatGPT hasn’t yet presented.
Meanwhile, the challenges for ChatGPT revolve around the need to maintain the current performance to level it up better, especially, with the tool’s pro and free version that could place some limitations for some users. We have already seen how much the immense pressure users have placed on the tool since the initial release took a toll on its performance results, something that could be a potential drawback for ChatGPT if not solved properly. After all, Google has dealt with such huge numbers of users for a long time so the chances of Bard overcoming this drawback are higher for Google. Yet, this doesn’t guarantee the dominance of one over the other till both are in use and active.
ChatGPT has indeed managed to awaken Google to see Microsoft now as a competitor that could flip the tables around, and will potentially drive Google to study their decisions fast but wisely to get Bard in the lane with the least errors expected. Bard may have started off horribly with the publicly witnessed mistake
at the launching event held in Paris one day after Microsoft announced details about the new version of Bing-powered with ChatGPT, yet, don’t let this lower your expectations of what Google is capable of producing in the upcoming months with Bard.
All is fair in war, except there is really no war here. While the internet seems to be excited about creating a buzz over the two tech giants heated competition, the truth remains that this hype might as well die anytime once people lose the thrill and use the tool just like any other tool that once was something revolutionary.
Bard and ChatGPT are only the start but who knows if later on we’re taken by surprise with another similar tool produced by any other company, as there are indeed other competitors out there in the market that could change the sequence of the current events similar to what Microsoft has done with Google through the collaboration between OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing.
Furthermore, if numbers matter between companies, features matter for users and by that we mean if both tools prove themselves to be worthy of choice, users might as well use them both. So, it’s really a matter of choice and time till we see how long the performance of Bard and ChatGPT will remain steady.