Google challenges Microsoft and launches Bard, the rival of ChatGPT, the OpenAI application on which the Redmond giant has bet billions of dollars.
The introduction of Bard - the name seems to evoke William Shakespeare, the Bard par excellence of Anglo-Saxon culture - confirms how the race for artificial intelligence is accelerating, with the giants of Silicon Valley ready to do battle on what is considered the new frontier of technology.
Mountain View recently announced a $300 million investment in start-up Anthropic.
And now it goes even further with the introduction of the Bard, which will initially be available for testing to trusted testers and then later presented to the general public.
The testers have been selected: they are a geographically diverse group who will help Google improve and understand the use of artificial intelligence by users.
"We'll combine external feedback with our own internal testing to make sure Bard's answers are quality, safe, and grounded in the real world," says Mountain View CEO Sundar Pichai, noting that the testing phase will help Google " continue to learn and improve the quality and speed of Bard".
Bard aims to generate detailed answers to simple questions.
Its operation is based on LaMDA, the Language Model for Dialogue Applications that made headlines last year for being called "sentient" by one of Google's engineers.
Google's launch is accompanied by Microsoft's announcement for a mysterious event on Tuesday.
The contents aren't known but, in Redmond's race for artificial intelligence, it's likely to be related in some way.
Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI, the company that owns the popular ChatGPT and is considered one of the three largest laboratories in the world for artificial intelligence.
OpenAI has recently become a household name for millions of people thanks to the success of ChatGPT which, since it was introduced in November, has registered a boom in users - several million in just a few days - and opened a heated debate on the potential and on the application of artificial intelligence, forcing, among other things, schools and universities to start rethinking their teaching models.
ChatGPT is in fact able to create texts like a human being, using clear and defined prose and appropriate punctuation.
For Microsoft, therefore, a huge opportunity to gain ground in the face of fierce rivals who, however, do not want to fall behind.
As demonstrated by Google's Bard and Mark Zuckerberg's commitment to making meta one of the leaders in the