Two months after the ChatGPT craze began, Google is hitting back with a major AI counteroffensive. Google on Monday unveiled Bard, its response to OpenAI’s hit AI chatbot, which turned the spotlight on new tools that can mimic the ways humans can create content. “Bard can be an outlet for creativity, and a launchpad for curiosity, helping you to explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old, or learn more about the best strikers in football right now, and then get drills to build your skills,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet
In a call with analysts last week, Pichai called AI “the most profound technology we are working on today,” saying, “Whether it’s helping doctors detect diseases earlier or enabling people to access information in their own language, AI helps people, businesses and communities unlock their potential.” Recalling how he had described Google as “an AI-first company. Since then, we have been a leader in developing AI.” But ChatGPT has clearly turned the heat up on Google on the AI front, especially after Microsoft announced that it was making a multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI.
The battle over AI “will be a long, hard fought out platform battle, but Microsoft is now more relevant than ever in the space, and armed with an active installed base of customers,” Del Prete added. In a sign that other tech giants are gearing up for a fight in AI, Mark Zuckerberg last week appeared to downplay Meta’s focus on the metaverse as it turns more attention to generative AI which he called “an extremely exciting new area.”