AI text generator tool Google Bard has taken aim at OpenAI’s ChatGPT. However, a simple mistake by Google Bard has lost the tech giant over $120 billion.
In one of the company’s most expensive mistakes, Google Bard gave incorrect information during its first public showing. As a tool designed to summarise Google Search results, the AI software needs to be as accurate as possible.
Unfortunately, for Google, a promotional tweet for the software showed the tool giving incorrect information. In the tweet, the tool answers a question about the James Webb Telescope; its answer is not correct.
The artificial intelligence program claimed that the James Webb Telescope was the first device to take a picture of planets outside Earth's solar system. However, that feat can be attributed to the Very Large Telescope in 2004.
The failure of Google Bard caused the company’s valuation to plummet. Not only did the company lose valuation by over $100 billion, but it caused them to announce Bard’s return to “rigorous testing”.
As a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google Bard seems to be a fine AI tool. However, ChatGPT also suffers from the same biases and misinformation as Google’s public failure. Despite this, OpenAI’s tool hasn’t been seen as a widespread mistake.
OpenAI’s chatbot is capable of generating full university-grade essays. While it certainly isn’t capable of creating a spectacular essay, it is more than enough to earn a passing grade. Nevertheless, it still has educators worried about the future of teaching.
In comparison, ChatGPT is already the most popular online tool in history. Even in the face of social media giant TikTok, the artificial intelligence program became the fastest website ever to hit 100 million users. In fact, it even beat Google Search.
If Google Bard does continue development and get implemented into Search, then it may spell trouble for individual websites. After all, who would want to click on a website if the search engine can generate an answer for you?
Oh God, are we out of a job?