Google has upgraded its free generative artificial intelligence tool, Bard, with the aim of competing more effectively against its rivals, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, and Microsoft’s Bing. The company has integrated its AI with Google’s applications and services to provide users with more helpful responses. In this regard, Google has launched Bard extensions in English, allowing for a new way of interaction and collaboration with the tool.
With these extensions, Bard can find and present relevant information from Google’s tools that users use daily, such as Gmail, Docs, Drive, Maps, YouTube, Google Flights, and Google Hotels. Therefore, even if the necessary information is scattered across various applications and services, Bard can gather it to offer a comprehensive response in a single conversation.
Google has placed particular emphasis on protecting the personal information of Bard users, ensuring that Workspace extensions will not be reviewed by humans or used to display ads or train the Bard model. Users have full control over their privacy settings and can disable the extensions at any time.
Furthermore, thanks to the work of Google Research and Google DeepMind, the “Search on Google” button has been enhanced with Bard to allow people to easily verify answers. By clicking on the “G” icon in Bard’s provided response, Google’s AI will search the web for content that corroborates or contradicts the statement.
Other improvements include the ability to gain more insights from conversations of other Bard users and the expansion of Bard’s functions to 40 new languages and countries. All of this has been made possible thanks to updates in Google’s PaLM2 model, which has improved the quality and accuracy of Bard’s responses.