Google launched this Tuesday to the public her talking robot Barda competitor of the successful ChatGPT interface, aiming to improve the quality of the answers through more interaction with users.

The subsidiary of the Alphabet group announced the creation of Bard in early February with some fear, overwhelmed by the November raid ChatGPT, the OpenAI startup bot created in collaboration with Microsoft.

Bard’s use was initially restricted to “trusted testers”, but is now available to the general public.

Waiting list

However, for now, the number of entries is limited and a waiting list has been established to manage the demand for applications from interested parties. Initially, it will be available to users from the United States and the United Kingdom.

It is an interface on a website, independent of the Google search engine, with a text window where the user can write questions.

“We learned a lot from testing Bard, and the next big step to improve it is to get feedback from more people”wrote their vice presidents Sissie Hsiao and Eli Collins on the Google site.

“The more people use it, the better Long Language Models (LLM, for its acronym in English, a program capable of answering questions in everyday language: ndlr) will be at predicting answers that may be useful” , they explained.

Bard is built on LaMDA, a language model designed by Google to generate conversation robots. (chatbots), the first version of which was presented in 2021.

Both Google executives acknowledge that LLMs “are not perfect” and “can certainly provide inaccurate, misleading or false information.”

Google says it has implemented “safeguards” to curb the possibility of the bot providing inaccurate or inappropriate answers, specifically by limiting the length of interaction between Bard and users.

Since the launch of ChatGPT, many netizens have tried to push the chatbot to its limits and managed to generate absurd and even disturbing responses.

In an interview with the New York Times, Hsiao and Collins acknowledged that Google still has the task of crafting a business model and monetization strategy for Bard.