- Sundar Pichai said he’ll ask all Google employees to help test Bard, its new ChatGPT rival, CNBC reports.
- Bard, announced Monday, is a chatbot similar to OpenAI’s wildly popular ChatGPT.
- “We’re looking forward to getting all of your feedback — in the spirit of an internal hackathon,” Pichai told staff.
Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai is “enlisting” staff to help test its conversational AI product and ChatGPT rival, Bard, according to an internal memo, reported by CNBC.
Sundar Pichai sent a company-wide email on Monday after the company announced that it was rolling out Bard over the next few weeks. Bard is powered by Google’s LaMDA technology, which stands for Language Model for Dialogue Applications.
“Next week, we’ll be enlisting every Googler to help shape Bard and contribute through a special company-wide dogfood,” Pichai wrote in the email, per CNBC. “We’re looking forward to getting all of your feedback — in the spirit of an internal hackathon — more details coming soon.”
The term “dogfood” refers to when companies test their own products before releasing them to the public.
Pichai added in the email that the tech giant plans to allow outsiders to build their own apps and products using LaMDA.
“Next month, we’ll start onboarding individual developers, creators and enterprises, to try generative language APIs (application programming interface) initially powered by LaMDA, with a range of models to follow,” he wrote.
“Over time, our goal is to create a suite of tools and APIs that will make it easy for others to build more innovative applications with Al.”
Bard appears to be similar to ChatGPT in that users can ask it questions and get an answer in response. Users can also give feedback on Bard’s responses.
“Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of our large language models. It draws on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses,” Pichai’s blog on Google’s website said.
The tech, Pichai said, can be used to help “you to explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old, or learn more about the best strikers in football right now, and then get drills to build your skills.”