In an interview on The New York Times’ Hard Fork podcast, Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave some insight to the near future of Bard.

Google Bard

He said the Bard chatbot will soon be upgraded to the PaLM model, which is “more capable when dealing with tasks like common-sense reasoning and coding problems.”

Pichai also discussed the debate over the risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI) and warned that the technology could cause disinformation at scale, saying: “Why do we need to worry about AI safety? Because you have to anticipate this and evolve to meet that moment.” He added that AI is “too important an area not to regulate,” but said it was better to apply regulations to existing industries than create new laws to tackle AI specifically.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Here are some of the points discussed:

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai has promised upgrades to the company’s experimental AI chatbot Bard soon.
  • Pichai said that Google will be upgrading Bard to more capable PaLM models, which will bring more capabilities in reasoning, coding, and math.
  • Bard was released on March 21st but failed to garner the attention or acclaim won by OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing chatbot.
  • Pichai discussed concerns about the dangerous race dynamic currently in play between companies including OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google.
  • Some experts worry about the risks of chatbots spreading misinformation, while others warn about more existential threats.
  • Pichai said that AI is too important an area not to regulate, but suggested it was better to apply regulations in existing industries than create new laws to tackle AI specifically.

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