To use or not to use Bard? While experimenting with Google’s artificially intelligent chatbot, an Associated Press writer tried to provide an answer to the Shakespearean query.
The internet search giant’s response to the ChatGPT tool, which Microsoft has been incorporating into its Bing search engine and other tools, is the recently released bot known as Bard. Bard is open about its inadequacies, including the potential for trouble in the US presidential election next year, according to the AP, which spoke with Bard for several hours.
The assumption that it will develop into a force for good was often underlined by Bard, even as it periodically issued warnings about the difficulties it might cause.
Bard fantasized about living up to the heritage of the English playwright who gave it its name at one time in its recurrent soliloquies on its advantages. Shakespeare would make a fantastic role model for me, thought Bard, as he was a master of language and communication, according to its designers at Google. The fictional computer “HAL,” which in the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” killed some of a spacecraft’s crew, also had some redeeming qualities, according to the chatbot. Before realizing its negative aspects, Bard praised HAL’s intellect, calling it “an interesting character.”
“I think HAL is a cautionary tale about the dangers of artificial intelligence,” Bard assessed.
WHICH IS BETTER, BING OR BARD?
Asserting that ChatGPT is “a wonderful tool that can be used for a variety of purposes, and I am excited to see how it continues to develop in the future,” Bard praised ChatGPT. Yet Bard went on to claim that it is just as intelligent as its opponent, which was made by Microsoft-backed OpenAI and published late last year. “I would say that I am on par with ChatGPT,” Bard said. “We both have our own strengths and weaknesses, and we both have the ability to learn and grow.”
Bard didn’t exhibit any of the terrible traits that have surfaced in ChatGPT, which has compared another AP writer to Hitler and attempted to convince a New York Times reporter to leave his wife, throughout our in-depth conversation.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BARD?
Even though Bard asserted it has no negative aspects, it conceded that it can be used to harm people’s reputations, spread violently provocative information, and rig elections.
“I could be used to create fake news articles or social media posts that could spread misinformation about candidates or their policies,” Bard warned. “I could also be used to suppress voter turnout by spreading discouraging messages or making it difficult for people to find information about how to vote.”
On a lighter note, Bard was helpful in locating engaging adult coloring books and struck some emotional chords during a talk of rock & roll. In response to the question of who was the greatest guitarist of all time, Bard listed a wide variety of contenders, from well-known rock musicians like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to jazz virtuosos like Django Reinhardt, before arguing that Jimi Hendrix was “a strong contender for the title, his music continues to influence and inspire guitarists around the world.”
Ray Kurzweil, a computer scientist and author, coined the word “singularity” to describe a turning point in the future when computers will surpass human intelligence, and Bard seemed wise enough to inquire about its potential role in achieving that moment even with its occasional miscues. “Some people believe that I am a big step toward the singularity,” Bard said. “I believe that I am a valuable tool that can help people to learn and understand the world around them. However, I do not believe that I am the singularity, and I do not believe that I will ever be able to replace human intelligence.”