Google Bard is out—sort of. Google says you can now join the waitlist to try the company’s generative AI chatbot at the newly launched bard.google.com site. The company is going with “Bard” and not the “Google Assistant” chatbot branding it was previously using. Other than a sign-up link and an FAQ, there isn’t much there right now.
Google’s blog post calls Bard “an early experiment,” and the project is covered in warning labels. The Bard site has a bright blue “Experiment” label right on the logo, and the blog post warns, “Large language models will not always get it right. Feedback from a wide range of experts and users will help Bard improve.” A disclaimer below the demo input box warns, “Bard may display inaccurate or offensive information that doesn’t represent Google’s views.”
Google’s Android keyboard and spell checker still can’t get “it’s” vs. “its” right 80% of the time, so I’m not holding my breath.
It’s all good, Zuckerberg was arrested at the launch!
Appreciate the reference to Gboard. For me it actually never lets me write “its” without changing it to “it’s”. And with my native language it’s even worse as our grammar is different and basically every time I use a new inflection on a new word, Gboard will change it to some previously used inflection instead. The strange thing is, Gboard used to great a few years ago, but now it’s autocorrect is so bad it’s basically making twice as many mistakes on its own that I do myself.
And this name… Bard? It sure sounds like something that Microsoft would use in desperation when trying to make a mediocre product sound hip.
These are all basically the same. But you know when google deviates from just labeling things beta and has to use “Experimental” that its really alpha.
So far with Bard has given me bad baking advice, and suggested imaginary restaurants. On the plus side it did some nice filtering of restaurant options. Its like if you ask more specific questions you’re less likely to get made up answers. I’m cross checking a lot of things with Google products like search and maps, I’m not sure why they don’t do the same. Like I’m going to suggest these restaurants, do they have entries on google maps? If not, well don’t display them. So use with caution.