AI chatbots has been helping companies in a variety of industries for decades. The first chatbot was created by Joseph Weisenbaum in 1966 called ELISA. Today, artificial intelligence chatbots are popular globally not only because they communicate very well with people, but also because they help small and large businesses save time and resources to achieve better results.
Enter the world of ChatGPT. ChatGPT is an AI chatbot developed by San Francisco-based startup OpenAI. OpenAI was co-founded in 2015 by Elon Musk and Sam Altman and is backed by well-known investors. It’s currently the most popular chat bot out right now. It’s good when it’s asked the right questions but I’ve tried it and had more limitations and generative-like answers that I could find on Google itself.
With that, I believe most people realized this and created their own. Enter Google’s new AI Bard, which released on March 21st with a waitlist . I got the chance to test it out for a few weeks before writing this. Bard is slowly being released to the public. Just to let you all know, Bard is not a replacement for Google search. It’s not even a replacement for Assistant, Google’s other AI bot, which also answers questions and operates Android phones and smart speakers.
With that, here are my takeaways:
1. Bard can get the job done, but still struggles with facts.
Bard has access to information from Google search results & thats where Bard really shines. It works hard to not take sides on controversial issues.
Bard creates several different versions of every prompt (called “drafts”), allowing users to pick the best response. This part I like over ChatGPT actually.
Bard can only speak English, whereas ChatGPT knows several languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese and Korean, though its proficiency in responses varies by language and its primary language is English.
One of the biggest differences between Bard & ChatGPT is Bard’s LaMDA can draw responses from the internet, so it will always have the latest responses. It’s also integrated into Google’s search engine and can provide direct links to websites when prompted. On the other hand, ChatGPT runs on Generative Pre-training Transformer-4 (GPT-4), so all of its responses come from its knowledge base, whose cutoff date ends in September 2021, so it’s limited in newer information and research.
Speaking on responses, what impressed me about Bard is niche specific questions. Sometimes, I need the right copy for social media, e-mail reply’s or my website. Bard does a lot better giving responses to the prompts I asked compared to ChatGPT.
I asked Bard and ChatGPT to take a look a website and tell me 3 things I can do to make it “gamer friendly”. My objective was how it was said, not specifically the answer when it comes to my niche.
So, which is better? Aesthetically, ChatGPT wins. I love the dark mode. ChatGPT organizes prompts in conversations, which it displays in the sidebar. That’s pretty cool as well. However, Bard lets you gives prompts via voice using your device’s microphone, which is neat for a hands-free experience & the visually impaired. The “drafts” is super convenient way to pick through a few different options to hone in on what you’re aiming for. Click on “Bard activity,” and you’ll see each of your prompts, which you can see details or delete from history. You can also turn off Bard storing your activity. Bard offers a better user experience as well. It’s more human-centered than ChatGPT.
Both Chat GPT and Bard AI are extremely powerful AI models. It will definitely be interesting to see how Google’s new tool performs compared to OpenAI. However, it is one of those cases where we will have to wait for the model to be released to find out.
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