Google Makes Its Bard AI More Intelligent By Connecting It With Google Apps, And More

Google Bard

The AI field was dull and mostly quiet. Most of the buzz it created was mostly contained, and happened only within its own field.

But when OpenAI introduced ChatGPT as an AI chatbot tool, the internet was quickly captivated. This is because the AI is able to do a wide range of tasks, including writing poetry, technical papers, novels, and essays.

When Google announced Bard, the AI should be superior to ChatGPT, because at that time, Bard was allowed to learn from the internet, whereas ChatGPT's knowledge was limited to things that are up to 2021.

Google failed however. And because the botched launch, Bard effectively wiped around $100 billion off the firm's market value.

And later, after finally releasing Bard, and made updates and improvements, including generating and debugging codes, improving it in math and string manipulation, Google readies itself for the next step.

And that step is obvious, and has long been predicted.

This is because Google finally brings Bard's generative AI capabilities a tool to help users throughout Google's many apps and services.

In a blog post, Google said that:

"One of the biggest benefits of Bard, an experiment to collaborate with generative AI, is that it can tailor its responses to exactly what you need. For instance, you could ask Bard to start a trip planning Doc for you and your friends, draft up your online marketplace listing, or help explain a science topic to your kids. And now, Bard is getting even better at customizing its responses so you can easily bring your ideas to life."

"Today we’re rolling out Bard’s most capable model yet. Bard now integrates with Google apps and services for more helpful responses."

Google introduced this through Bard Extensions in English.

With Extensions, Bard can find and show users relevant information from the Google tools they use - like from Gmail, Docs, Drive, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Flights and hotels - even when the information they wish to seek is spread across multiple apps and services.

For example, in the past, users who wish to plan for a trip through various Google apps and services, have to open a few tabs and apps.

But this time, all users have to do, is launch Bard, and tell it to come up with an itinerary.

With the update, Bard can find the dates that suit everyone from Gmail, look up real-time flight and hotel information, see Google Maps directions to the airport, and even watch YouTube videos of things to do there — all within one conversation.

Google Bard

Then, Google said that users can use Bard's "Google it" button to double-check answers.

It has been publicly known that generative AIs can hallucinate and make things up out of thin air, and say the misinformation in a very convincing manner.

With this feature, users clicking on the "G" icon will have Bard evaluate whether there is the content across the web to justify its answers.

"When a statement can be evaluated, you can click the highlighted phrases and learn more about supporting or contradicting information found by Search," said Google.

Google is also making it easier to build on others’ conversations with Bard.

And lastly, Google also said that it has applied its state-of-the-art reinforcement learning techniques to train Bard to be more intuitive and imaginative.

"So, whether you want to collaborate on something creative, start in one language and continue in one of 40+ others, or ask for in-depth coding assistance, Bard can now respond with even greater quality and accuracy," said Google.

This is possible because of the updates it made to its PaLM 2 model.