Google is offering a new AI-powered chatbot called Bard that’s designed to complement its search engine rather than replace it.
Now available in over 180 countries with no waitlist, Bard can be used to enter text queries, create drafts, brainstorm ideas, and generate easy-to-understand summaries of complex topics. Pocket-lint will tell you how to find and use Bard, and everything you need to know about it.
What is Bard and what can he do?
Google Bard is an alternative to ChatGPT. It is a conversational AI chatbot that uses PaLM 2, a large language model that Google unveiled in 2023 (an upgrade from its previous models that have been around for longer). It basically generates responses to your queries and prompts. In fact, it can provide a few different answers, which are displayed as drafts for you to refine or use. It is not a search engine, but it can be used to ask general questions and generate ideas.
In fact, Bard can be used for a variety of purposes, including generating drafts, brainstorming ideas, and discussing general topics. Where appropriate, Bard will provide links to resources to provide more information on a topic. You may also see a Google search suggestion that you can use to verify the answer.
After launching without it, Bard can now also respond to coding queries in a range of languages, opening up a whole host of new possibilities. Google also announced that it will soon be able to generate images from its prompts, using a plug-in with Adobe’s Firefly software, so there’s more to come.
Where is Bard available?
Bard is available to anyone who wants to try it out – just head over to their website here and try it out for yourself.
How does Bard work?
To use Bard, you need a personal Google account. You can’t use a Google Account managed by a parent, guardian, or workspace admin. And you must be 18 or older.
Use of Bard
Once logged in, you can start using Bard to generate ideas, create content, or get quick summaries of complex topics.
- Go to bard.google.com.
- If you’re not signed in yet, sign in to your Google Account.
- In the text box at the bottom, enter your question or prompt.
- For example, you might try asking Bard “Can you give me a brief summary of relativity?”
- Select Submit.
For some prompts, Bard may generate multiple responses to review. At the top right of the reply, select View other drafts and select the draft you want to review. If you want to search for other topics related to an answer Bard gave you, under the specific answer, just select “Google it”.
Editing your prompt
If you want to revise your prompt to Bard, you can edit it and Bard will regenerate the response. Here’s how:
- To the right of your prompt, select Edit Text.
- Edit your prompt.
- Select Update.
- Check other responses to your prompt
At any time, if you want to delete a certain request/prompt and start a whole new conversation, select Menu at the top left in Bard, then Reset Chat.
Manage Your Bard Activity
You can review your prompts, delete your Bard activity, and disable Bard activity. Here’s how:
- Go to bard.google.com.
- At the top left, select Menu then Bard Activity.
- Choose the Bard activity you want to delete.
- You can choose to delete all activities, certain activities or from a time or date
What languages does Bard support?
Bard is currently only available in US English, Japanese, and Korean, but Google is working to make Bard accessible to users who speak other languages.
Does Bard collect your personal data?
When you interact with Bard, Google said it collects your conversations, general location based on your IP address, comments, and usage information. These conversations are retained for up to three years. By default, your Bard activity is saved to your Google Account. But you can pause that. Just go to bard.google.com, select Menu, then Bard Activity, then the “Bard Activity” card. There, disable Bard Activity.
Is Bard free to use?
Yes, Bard is completely free to use and try now.
How does Bard compare to ChatGPT?
Google’s AI chatbot, Bard, and OpenAI’s ChatGPT are both chat tools designed to give human-like responses, but they have major differences. Bard can pull answers from the internet and is integrated with Google’s search engine, while ChatGPT’s answers come from its knowledge base, which is limited to information before September 2021. Bard also creates several different versions of each prompt, while ChatGPT produces only one response. ChatGPT can remember previous conversations and create complex code, while Bard’s ability to persist context and code is currently limited.
What is ChatGPT and how does it work?
ChatGPT is an AI-powered chatbot developed by OpenAI, a San Francisco-based research lab. He can respond to prompts and questions with human-like responses and even perform tasks such as writing essays, solving math problems, and even impersonating different voices. ChatGPT uses machine learning and language processing to understand and respond to users in real time. The basic version of ChatGPT is available for free and has become very popular since its launch in late 2022. However, OpenAI recently introduced a paid version, ChatGPT Plus, which offers priority access, faster response times and other advantages. for $20 per month.
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