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Google CEO Explains Future of Bard AI

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Sundar Pichai is excited, but warned that things will probably break during the initial rollout.

Earlier this week, Google officially opened up public access to their proprietary AI chatbot, Bard, allowing users to try out the early-access version. Bard is built off a prototypical version of LaMDA, or the Language Model for Dialogue Applications, and can handle both simple conversations and more elaborate interaction prompts.

Following the public release, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pinchai sent a memo to Google employees, noting that while he is excited about Bard’s rollout, he cautioned that things are probably going to get weird during the chatbot’s early days.

“As more people start to use Bard and test its capabilities, they’ll surprise us. Things will go wrong,” Pichai wrote. “But the user feedback is critical to improving the product and the underlying technology.”

Pinchai congratulated his employees for their progress on Bard, saying they “should be proud of this work and the years of tech breakthroughs that led us here, including our 2017 Transformer research and foundational models such as PalM and BERT.”

“Even after all this progress, we’re still in the early stages of a long Al journey.”

“For now, I’m excited to see how Bard sparks more creativity and curiosity in the people who use it,” he said, adding that the company plans to share more information and developments at the next developer conference in May.