Google announces Bard’s public beta launch: Initially supporting the UK and the US

Google’s conversational AI application, Bard, is finally set to commence public beta testing. Today, Google announced that Bard is accepting user applications from the United Kingdom and the United States, with plans to expand its support to additional markets and languages over time.

At present, those who sign up for Bard will be placed on a waitlist, as Google gradually grants testing access to registered users. However, it seems that no users have been granted access as of yet.

Google claims that Bard can enhance work efficiency, expedite the transformation of ideas, and stimulate curiosity. For instance, it can explain quantum mechanics in layman’s terms, or assist users in devising reading plans.

During earlier testing with invited users, Google has already refined Bard. The company now aims to introduce AI to a broader audience and gather further feedback to improve the application.

Bard is a conversational AI application supported by a Large Language Model (LLM) and utilizes a lightweight, optimized version of the LaMDA model. Over time, Google intends to continue updating and providing even more powerful models.

Based on Google’s understanding of high-quality information, Bard can be viewed as a predictive engine capable of anticipating subsequent user input. Google has adjusted the flexibility of Bard, allowing it to generate more creative ideas based on user input.

Google emphasizes that while LLMs represent an exciting new technology, they are not without their drawbacks. Due to their exposure to a wide range of content, including some less desirable material, LLMs may present inaccurate, misleading, or even false information.

Despite these issues, LLMs offer incredible benefits, such as rapidly enhancing human productivity, creativity, and curiosity. Thus, when using Bard, users can select from several different response drafts, choosing content based on their specific needs.