As the competition for computational language models heats up, tech giants are gearing up to unveil their own offerings in the field. Google, in particular, has announced its latest conversational AI chatbot, named Bard, as a move to compete with its rivals like Microsoft, ChatGPT, and Bing. Despite facing criticism for not yet releasing Bard, a generative AI similar to OpenAI’s GPT-3 and GPT-4, Google is currently conducting tests. To give some of its Pixel Superfans a sneak peek, Google is now offering early access to Bard.
In February, Google announced its new conversational AI chatbot, Bard, but didn’t specify when it would be launched. The company revealed that it would first test Bard with its Trusted Tester program. However, Google is now widening its testing efforts and providing access to a select group of Pixel Superfans.
According to a report by 9to5Google, Google has sent an email invitation to its Pixel Superfans, offering them the opportunity to test out Bard before its public release.
The email sent to Google Pixel Superfans describes Bard as an experimental AI chatbot that enables users to collaborate with generative AI. The early access granted to the Pixel Superfan community offers them the opportunity to provide feedback before Bard is released to the general public, giving them a head start in exploring the new technology.
The Pixel Superfans program is a community initiated by Google, consisting of avid users of Pixel devices who desire to express their fondness for all things Pixel among similar individuals. Google extends invitations to potential Pixel Superfans, granting them access to exclusive benefits, such as special events, perks, a private discussion group, and an opportunity to be a part of a community of Pixel enthusiasts. To qualify for membership, an individual must be at least 18 years old, reside in the United States, preferably possess a Pixel device, and receive an invitation from Google.
According to reports, Google has been testing Bard internally with its employees to detect and rectify any errors in the AI chatbot’s responses. By granting Pixel Superfans early access to Bard, Google is allowing them to assist in refining the AI chatbot’s capabilities and improving its responses to queries. This will enable Google to enhance Bard’s functionality and performance, potentially making it a more competitive player in the conversational AI chatbot space.
It’s noteworthy that Bing has seen considerable success in integrating ChatGPT with its search engine for mobile and desktop, with over 100 million active daily users this month. It’s possible that Google views this as a potential threat, which may explain why they’re expediting Bard’s release.
While there is no official announcement regarding the release date of Bard, it is evident that Google is actively working on the development of its conversational AI chatbot. As of now, it is unknown how long the testing phase will take before the public launch of Bard.