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Google rivals ChatGPT with new AI program

Search engine giant Google has officially unveiled an AI program it is  calling Bard, as answer to the viral ChatGPT.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Bard on the company’s blog on Monday, calling it “an important next step” in AI for the search engine giant.

The company’s new AI chatbot is based on its Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) and is only available to a select group of testers.

Based on a video shared by Pichai on Twitter, users could use Bard to compare two Oscar-nominated movies, come up with ideas for lunch based on the ingredients in a person’s refrigerator or know about the latest discoveries from the James Webb Telescope.

Google said Bard would be widely available to the public in the next few weeks.

As it stands Bard is seemingly Google’s answer to ChatGPT, an AI-driven program that exploded in popularity in the last few months after users shared posts of the tool composing Shakespearean poetry, writing music lyrics and identifying bugs in computer code.

OpenAI was created by artificial intelligence firm, ChatGPT, which stands for Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer, is a chatbot, a computer program that converses with human users.

The program uses an algorithm that selects words based on lessons learned from scanning billions of pieces of text across the internet.

Microsoft, which invested in OpenAI in 2019 and 2021, announced last month that it is extending its partnership with the firm and investing billions of dollars into the company.                         

According to Forbes, Microsoft is investing up to $10 billion into ChatGPT and may incorporate it into its Bing search engine.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas