“Bard” or “Bum”? | Google’s Big Twitter AI Hallucination

On Feb 6th, after Google Bard AI’s initial announcement, Google released a quick GIF of Bard’s API. The question asked was, “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9 year old about?” and Bard responded with the age-old, two truths and a lie.

Twitter Renowned Astrophysicist, Grant Tremblay, responded by saying,

“Not to be a ~well, actually~ jerk, and I’m sure Bard will be impressive, but for the record: JWST did not take “the very first image of a planet outside our solar system”.  NASA confirmed.

Upon the internet spotting this mistake that lasted a fraction of a second within the initial GIF, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, had stocks tank by 7.7%. That is over $100 billion dollars of market value. Quite the hit.

Google’s Response to Bard’s Mistake

Google’s response was to hold a seemingly haphazard demo presentation in Paris, France to address Bard and public questions. However, the presentation stagnated on past products and minor developments to previously announced projects while seemingly skirting around Bard. Lead announcer, Prabhaker Raghaven, did address Bard directly. He explained its purpose and the broad outline of how it works. However, he did not address Bard’s Twitter fail or even the limitations behind Bard. As predicted in our previous post, it seems Google is struggling to develop its up-and-coming AI technology while maintaining its Reputation.

Yet, it’s a sight to see the info-powerhouse that is Google being outpaced by such a small, non-profit, solely AI research laboratory, OpenAI.

In our next post, we dive into OpenAI’s ChatGPT. We will explain how it works, how to use it efficiently, and where it will stack up against Google’s Bard AI.


Google presents : Live from Paris – YouTube

Google on Twitter: “Bard is an experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA. Built using our large language models and drawing on information from the web, it’s a launchpad for curiosity and can help simplify complex topics → https://t.co/fSp531xKy3 https://t.co/JecHXVmt8l” / Twitter

Google AI updates: Bard and new AI features in Search (blog.google)

Bard: Google’s AI chatbot had an inaccurate response in public demo | CNN BusinessGoogle runs into technical complications during unveiling of its Bard A.I. (yahoo.com)

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