Google’s services such as Gmail, Drive, Flights, YouTube and more are getting new AI support – Google’s chatbot Bard is moving in. For example, you can use Bard to search for email content or plan a trip including flights and hotels. It is also possible to have Google Lens show the newly purchased child seat and have Bard search for a suitable YouTube video on how to install it in the car. The whole thing is of course in natural language, which is an advantage over previous searches, and in real time, which is very important for bookings, for example.
In a presentation to journalists, Jack Krawczyk, product manager at Google, explains how he already uses the function to search the emails that come from his children’s school. Bard not only picked out the emails, but also told him what he had to do – for example, fill out a form. And Bard can also enter the first day of school in the calendar. Krawczyk emphasizes that the information from the emails never leaks out – it is never seen by a person, does not flow back into the training and no personalized advertising is shown based on interactions with Bard. Bard doesn’t read constantly, the AI only scans the emails upon request, says Google.
Bard’s integration into Google services is initially only available in English. It is enabled by default but can be disabled in Settings. An English-language Google account and English-language prompts are required. Google is planning to open it up to other providers, but the extensions are associated with high data protection requirements, which can make the process a little more lengthy.
Bard: Fact checking against hallucinations
What’s also new is that Bard can question his own answers. There is already a Google button under an answer that can be used to start a conventional search. If you click on it in the future, Google will search for pages and links to all the facts that are contained in the AI-generated answer. This is intended to solve the problem of hallucinations, but is initially only available in English. Google emphasizes that the links are found by the search engine and are not necessarily Bard’s sources.
The Google button for searching Bard.
(Bild: Screenshot Bard)
Google’s large language model, Palm 2, is also expected to increasingly rely on so-called reinforcement learning. With reinforcement learning, the AI or the learning agents learn to develop learning strategies independently. There is feedback in the form of rewards and negative feedback. Krawczyk also says that we must always remember that we are still at the very beginning of this technology. He assumes that there will not always be 100 percent correct answers.
Finally, you can share conversations with Bard or have someone else continue them. This feature is now available for more than 40 languages. This means that you can start a chat in one language and continue it in another; texts will be translated if desired. Also available in over 40 languages: The ability to choose response style and length. Previously this was only possible in English.
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