Google’s Bard operates similarly to ChatGPT as it allows users to interact with the chatbot through conversational means. This new chatbot is built on Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Application (LaMDA), with the company indicating that it is a lighter version of the original. Currently available for testing by a limited group of users, Bard is anticipated to become publicly accessible in the near future.
The hasty revelation and insufficient details surrounding Bard are clear indicators of the “code red” situation that was activated at Google after the release of ChatGPT last year. Despite ChatGPT’s underlying technology not being groundbreaking, OpenAI’s choice to provide the system as a free online tool exposed countless individuals to this innovative type of automated text generation. The repercussions have been significant, with debates about the impact of ChatGPT on education, employment, and – of specific interest to Google – the future of online search.
In addition, Google unveiled a collaboration with Anthropic, a startup established in 2021 that has developed an AI chatbot called Claude, similar to ChatGPT. Google has allocated a $300 million investment in Anthropic, which will be responsible for taking on ChatGPT while emphasizing the importance of AI safety.
Chinese search giant Baidu aims to introduce a ChatGPT-like AI service that gives users conversational results, according to reports. This service will be built upon the company’s Ernie system, a large-scale machine-learning model that has undergone years of training to excel in natural language generation and understanding.
Meanwhile, Alibaba, another e-commerce giant in China, is also developing a rival to ChatGPT and has confirmed that it is being internally tested at the company. This effort by Alibaba is just one of many examples of tech firms eager to explore the potential of chatbot technology.
Additionally, Amazon’s cloud unit is expanding its partnership with Hugging Face, an AI startup that is developing a ChatGPT alternative. This move is the latest example of the major tech players forming partnerships with allies in the growing market for generative AI systems.