Earlier this year, in March, Google unveiled Bard, its new conversational AI service powered by LaMDA to take on ChatGPT. Today, at its I/O event, Google presented fresh avenues for users to collaborate with Bard and has shed light on its future plans for the service.
Google has announced exciting updates to its conversational AI service, Bard, which runs on PaLM 2, a more advanced large language model.
— Google (@Google) May 10, 2023
Bard is now available worldwide
Google has scrapped the waitlist for Bard and expanded it to more than 180 countries and regions. The service is now available in Japanese and Korean, with support for 40 languages coming soon. Google has promised to maintain its high standards for quality and local nuances as it expands.
Bard is now more visual
Google has made Bard more visually appealing by incorporating images into its responses and prompts. Users can now ask Bard for recommendations, and in addition to text, they will get helpful responses with rich visuals that give them a better sense of what they are exploring.
Users can also include images in their own prompts, and with the power of Google Lens, Bard can analyze the images and draft creative captions in seconds.
Coding upgrades and export features
Google has also incorporated feedback from developers to upgrade Bard’s coding capabilities. These upgrades include source citations and dark theme, and an export button, which allows users to export and run code with partner Replit, starting with Python. Google is also introducing two export options, allowing you to transfer Bard’s replies directly into Gmail and Docs.
Connecting Bard with the services users love
Google has announced that Bard will integrate with Google apps such as Docs, Drive, Gmail, Maps, and other services. This integration will allow users to fuel their curiosity and creativity in unprecedented ways.
Bard will also tap into services from external partners, such as Adobe Firefly, to generate high-quality images for users’ creative projects.
You can try out Bard from bard.google.com
Speaking on the announcement, Sissie Hsiao, Vice President and General Manager, Google Assistant and Bard, said:
Bard has a lot of potential — it can integrate Google’s tools and amazing services from the web, to enable you to achieve and create anything you can dream of, through a seamless collaboration with our most powerful large language models. When we mix human creativity with Bard’s generative AI abilities, the opportunities are endless. We are eager to see what you make with it.