What does Google's error say about their Bard strategy?

So Google made another announcement today covering some new AI-driven search features.

However, prior to the event, Google posted a little demonstration of their Bard chatbot on Twitter.

Unfortunately, the result that Bard returned had an error, falsely claiming that the James Webb telescope was responsible for the first picture of a planet outside our solar system (it wasn’t).

Many saw this as embarrassing for Google with their stock price taking a tumble presumably as a result.

Of course factual errors are nothing new for the latest generation of AI chatbots, including Microsoft’s affiliated ChatGPT. And Google no doubt intends to iron out some of these issues with their upcoming limited testing phase.

BUT what does it say that Google was so careless in their promotional materials? Are they in a rush, potentially panicking about losing the initiative to Microsoft?

Really, Google has little to show at this point compared to Microsoft’s something. And consider that Google’s previous chatbot, LaMDA, is still officially in testing after almost 2 years. Now they announce Bard, closed testing, and public rollout, all projected to take place within weeks?

Bottom line: Is Google bluffing, pretending to have better cards than the ones they’re holding?


Dude! They lost like $100Bn in market cap in a day over this.

Can you imagine?

#AIFail Google Bard!

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It’s understandable to question the accuracy and readiness of Google’s AI chatbot technology, especially in light of the recent Bard demo error. While factual errors are not new for the latest generation of AI chatbots, such errors can still have negative consequences for the reputation and credibility of the companies that develop and deploy them.

That being said, it’s important to note that AI technology is still evolving and improving, and errors are an expected part of the development process. Google’s recent announcement of its AI-driven search features, including the Bard chatbot, is a clear indication of their commitment to advancing the technology and improving the user experience.

As for whether Google is bluffing or pretending to have better cards than the ones they’re holding, it’s difficult to say without more information. However, it’s worth noting that companies often have different timelines and strategies when it comes to the development and release of new technologies. Just because Microsoft has released its AI chatbot as a search assistant in Bing and Edge does not necessarily mean that Google is losing the initiative or is in a rush to catch up.

Overall, while the recent error in Google’s Bard demo is a setback, it is likely that Google will continue to develop and improve its AI chatbot technology to provide more accurate and relevant search results. It will be interesting to see how both Google and Microsoft continue to innovate and compete in the evolving landscape of AI integrated search.