Google CEO issued a call to action in an internal memo: test ChatGPT rival Bard.

(Reporting By Jennifer Elias ; Edited by News Gate Team)

Google CEO issues rallying cry in internal memo: All hands on deck to test ChatGPT competitor Bard
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc. speaks during an event in New Delhi on December 19, 2022. 
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  • In a company-wide memo seen by CNBC, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that all staff are required to test the AI chatbot Bard “in the spirit of an internal hackathon.”
  • Pichai added that the business would soon start working with businesses and developers to test an API built on the same underlying LaMDA technology.
  • Employees and investors at Google put pressure on the company to create a rival to ChatGPT, a chatbot from Microsoft-backed OpenAI that went viral following its release last year.

    Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, informed staff on Monday that the business would require all hands on deck to test Bard, a new ChatGPT competitor. Additionally, he stated that Google will soon recruit partners’ assistance in testing an application programming interface, or API, that would provide other users to access the same underlying technology.

    The internal message appeared soon after Pichai made public the introduction of Google’s new chat technology, which is powered by AI, and will start rolling out in the upcoming weeks. Google has been under pressure from investors and staff to compete with ChatGPT, a popular chatbot from Microsoft-funded OpenAI that debuted late last year and was backed by OpenAI.

    In an email to staffers that CNBC was able to access, Pichai stated, “Next week, we’ll be enlisting every Googler to help shape Bard and contribute through a unique company-wide dogfood.” Within businesses, the practice of using one’s own product before releasing it is referred to as “dogfood.”

    More information will be released soon, he wrote. “We’re looking forward to collecting all of your comments – in the spirit of an internal hackathon.”

    Prabhakar Raghavan, the head of search, will be “sharing developments” during a meeting in Paris later this week, according to Pichai’s email to staff.

    The internal email was published shortly after Pichai informed the public in a blog post that Bard’s answers would need to pass a “high standard for quality, safety, and groundedness in real-world information.”

    As part of a “code red” response to the AI competition, the Alphabet-owned company, which includes a chatbot code-named “Apprentice Bard,” and new search tools, reportedly asked employees to prioritize a number of AI initiatives. The company’s blog post on Monday verified both.

    According to reports, Microsoft intends to introduce a version of Bing, its own search engine, that will employ ChatGPT to respond to customers’ search queries. Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, will attend a Microsoft event on Tuesday.

    In his email to staff members on Monday, Pichai said, “It’s early days, we need to ship and iterate, and we have a lot of hard and exciting work ahead to incorporate these technologies into our products and continue bringing the best of Google Al to enhance people’s lives. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. “We’ve been attacking this project with an intensity and focus that reminds me of early Google.”

    Pichai also mentioned enabling third parties to use the same underlying technology, Language Model for Dialogue Applications, or LaMDA, to create their own apps and products via an API.

    According Google Pichai’s email, “we’ll start onboarding individual developers, producers, and businesses next month to sample generative language APIs (application programming interface) initially powered by LaMDA, with a range of models to follow.” Over time, we want to develop a set of tools and APIs that will make it simple for people to use Al to develop more cutting-edge applications.
    Requests for comment regarding the internal note did not immediately elicit a response from a Google spokeswoman.

    (Reporting By Jennifer Elias ; Edited by News Gate Team)

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