Check it out, folks! Google Bard has leveled up! Now, this artificial intelligence chatbot can not only search the internet but also retrieve and process information from your Gmail, Docs, and Drive accounts, as well as other Google applications. How cool is that?
They call it Bard Extensions, and it’s like giving your chatbot superpowers. Now you can ask Bard questions about your own documents and personal information stored in your accounts, and it will hopefully give you a useful answer using that data. Google claims that this makes the chatbot even more useful. For example, it can help you write a cover letter by summarizing parts of your resume stored in Google Drive. How convenient is that?
Now, here’s something important. You might be wondering, “But Joe, what about my privacy?” Well, fear not, my friends. Google has assured us that the information scanned by Bard won’t be used to train its models or target advertisements. They’re committed to protecting your personal information. That’s what they said in a statement, and we’re holding them to it.
But wait, there’s more! You can also share Bard conversations with other users and connect it to other Google products, not just Workspace apps. This means Bard can help you plan a trip with your friends. It can search for flights, hotels, and directions, and even link you to popular videos about your destination. And guess what? Other people in the conversation can see the information and interact with the chatbot too. How cool is that for group travel planning?
Now, here’s a little something to keep in mind.
AI chatbots, including Bard, can sometimes make stuff up. So, it’s always a good idea to fact-check their output before making any decisions. And guess what? Google has made it easier for you to do just that. They’ve introduced an updated “Google it” button. Here’s how it works.
Before, you could ask Bard a question, and then if you wanted to double-check the answer, you could click on the “Google it” button to run your query through Google search. Makes sense, right? But now, when you click on that button, Bard will compare its answer to relevant pages it finds on the web. It will even provide links in its response to pages that confirm or contradict its original answer. Talk about fact-checking in real-time! This way, Bard can back up its claims with evidence, and if it got something wrong, it’ll admit it. Good on you, Bard!
Now, here’s something mind-blowing. Bard is powered by PaLM 2, a massive language model made up of a whopping 340 billion parameters! That’s insanely huge! Google said that these new features, which currently only support English, were made possible after updating its model using state-of-the-art reinforcement learning techniques. They’ve trained Bard to be even more intuitive and imaginative. So whether you’re collaborating on something creative, switching languages, or need coding assistance, Bard can now respond with even greater quality and accuracy. It’s impressive, folks!
So there you have it, folks! Google Bard Extensions are taking AI chatbots to a whole new level. It’s like having a personal assistant right at your fingertips, ready to retrieve and process information from your Google apps and services. And it’s all designed to make your life easier and more convenient. Keep exploring, keep questioning, and use Bard wisely!