Google’s generative AI platform Bard, was officially released on May 10th 2023, following 2 months of beta testing. The tech media have pitched Bard as Google’s answer to ChatGPT but it’s clear there are some big differences in both the training data and the end user experience.
We gave ChatGPT as much information as we could find on Bard and set about asking some ‘personal’ questions, comparing ChatGPT and Google Bard.
Based on the information we’ve given you, what is the difference between you and Bard?
Bard and I, ChatGPT, are both AI models developed for conversation and text generation, but there are some key differences:
- Developer: Bard is developed by Google, while I am developed by OpenAI.
- Underlying Technology: Bard is based on Google’s LaMDA technology, a transformer-based model that learns by “reading” trillions of words to pick up on the patterns that make up human language. On the other hand, I am based on OpenAI’s GPT-3 model, which also uses a transformer-based architecture and learns from a vast corpus of internet text.
- Usage: Bard is designed as a creative and helpful collaborator, assisting users in tasks like planning events, drafting emails, or understanding complex topics. I, ChatGPT, am designed to engage in human-like text conversations, answer questions, provide explanations, and more.
- Data Privacy: Bard does not use personal data from your Google account or other private apps and services to improve its responses. Similarly, I don’t have access to personal data about individuals unless it has been shared with me in the course of our conversation. I am designed to respect user privacy and confidentiality.
- Citation of Sources: If Bard quotes directly and at length from a web page, it will cite the page in question. As for me, I generate responses based on a mixture of licensed data, data created by human trainers, and publicly available data. I don’t have the ability to access or retrieve personal data unless it has been shared with me in the course of our conversation.
- Language Support: As of the information you provided, Bard is available in US English, Japanese, and Korean. I, on the other hand, can understand and generate text in multiple languages, including but not limited to English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Russian.
- Contextual Understanding: Bard’s ability to retain context is purposefully limited for now, and it’s expected to improve as it continues to learn. I, ChatGPT, can maintain the context of a conversation within a certain limit, typically a few turns of conversation.
Remember, both Bard and I are tools powered by artificial intelligence, and while we strive to provide accurate and helpful information, our responses should be used with discretion and cross-verified when necessary.
What do you consider to be your strengths over Bard?
As an AI developed by OpenAI, I have several strengths that differentiate me from Google’s Bard:
- Versatility: I’m designed to handle a wide range of tasks, from answering questions and providing explanations to creative writing and tutoring in various subjects. I can also engage in casual conversation, simulate characters for games, and more.
- Language Support: I can understand and generate text in multiple languages, including but not limited to English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Russian. This makes me a versatile tool for users around the world.
- Integration with Various Applications: OpenAI has made it possible for developers to integrate me into various applications, products, and services. This means I can be utilized in a wide array of contexts, from customer service chatbots to interactive entertainment.
- Large Context Window: I have a relatively large context window, which means I can keep track of the conversation history over several turns. This allows for more coherent and contextually aware responses, although it’s important to note that I don’t have the ability to remember or learn from past interactions.
- OpenAI’s Research and Development: OpenAI is at the forefront of AI research and regularly updates its models (like me) with the latest advancements. This commitment to continuous improvement ensures that I remain a state-of-the-art conversational AI.
However, it’s important to note that both Bard and I have our own unique strengths and applications, and the choice between us would depend on the specific needs and preferences of the user.
What do you think Bards strengths are over you?
While both Bard and I are AI models designed for conversation and text generation, Bard, being developed by Google, has its own unique strengths:
- Integration with Google’s Ecosystem: As a Google product, Bard might be more seamlessly integrated with Google’s suite of services and products, potentially providing a more cohesive user experience within the Google ecosystem.
- Citation of Sources: According to the information you provided, if Bard quotes directly and at length from a web page, it will cite the page in question. This feature could be useful for users who want to trace the source of the information provided by the AI.
- Feedback Mechanism: Bard has a built-in feedback mechanism where users can rate responses as good or bad. This direct feedback loop can help Google in refining and improving Bard over time.
- Google’s Resources: Google has vast resources and a wide range of data at its disposal, which could potentially be used to further enhance Bard’s performance and capabilities.
- LaMDA Technology: Bard is based on Google’s LaMDA technology, a transformer-based model that learns by “reading” trillions of words to pick up on the patterns that make up human language. Depending on the implementation, this could offer certain advantages in understanding and generating human-like text.
It’s important to note that both Bard and I have our own unique strengths and the choice between us would depend on the specific needs and preferences of the user.