Bard, developed by Google is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that aims to enhance productivity by fetching up-to-date information from the internet and providing concise answers to complex questions. The AI model behind Bard, called PaLM2, is still in its early stages but already demonstrates promising capabilities that outshine many other AI tools available in the market.
Positioning of Bard
Considered as the rising star among assistants for Google applications, Bard offers unique features such as exporting responses to Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Colab. With its access to web-based information, Bard excels in domains like research, shopping, and travel planning compared to its competitors. However, there are concerns about its consistency in citing sources.
The User Experience with Bard
Bard provides a chat interface that dominates the screen and promptly delivers responses that can sometimes be lengthy. As it is accessible on Chrome browsers, it serves as a default chatbot or productivity assistant for Google Chrome users. Additionally, with availability in 180 countries (excluding Canada due to concerns), Bard is expected to attract a wide range of users.
Bard: Available at No Cost
While Bard does require a Google account for access, there is no payment required to use it. So in a way, Bard can be considered “free.” However, it’s important to note that each interaction with Bard helps train its AI model to compete with large language models such as ChatGPT and Bing Chat.
Bard: Impressive Features and Areas for Improvement
One of the standout features of Bard is its ability to export content to Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Colab. This functionality is particularly useful for tasks like coding and creating data tables. However, it’s important to fact check the outputs generated by Bard as it strives to provide information through sentences that resemble human-like responses. While Bard excels in tasks, there is room for improvement when it comes to creative writing. Nonetheless, Bard continues to evolve and holds promise as a chatbot.