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Alphabet Inc’s Google announced today its new conversational AI service, Bard. The announcement came one day earlier than expected. Google is still expected to give an update on enhancements to Google Translate and Google Lens tomorrow. to be available for trusted testers and public release in the coming weeks.

Bard aims to generate detailed responses when prompted with questions like what to make for lunch or how to plan a friend’s baby shower.

Google will combine external feedback with internal testing to ensure Bard meets a high bar for quality, safety, and groundedness in real-world information.

Google’s release of Bard comes as the company faces challenges to its flagship search business and competition from Open AI’s ChatGPT.

Bard will be powered by LaMDA, a large language model developed by Google that has sparked controversy over its potential sentience.

The testers selected for early access are a geographically diverse group of people outside of Google to improve and understand the AI service in real life.

Next month, developers will be able to tap into Google’s language models to create their own applications through the Generative Language API.

Google announced a partnership with the AI startup Anthropic and invested close to $400 million in the startup.

In the coming weeks, users will soon see be able to see results from Bard within search results.

Following Google’s announcement, Microsoft announced its own event scheduled for tomorrow.

Mobile phone showing a Search query for "is piano or guitar easier to learn and how much practice does each need?" The search result page displays an answer to the question, powered by AI

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