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Everyone knows that the artificial intelligence ChatGPT that has become very talked about worries Google due to its abilities to provide complex and sophisticated (relatively) answers to human questions.
But now a CNBC report claims that Google is already internally experimenting with its own answer, dubbed "Apprentice Bard", which offers responses to questions asked in natural language, just like ChatGPT.
The new product, of course, is based on the LaMDA artificial intelligence that Google already revealed two years ago.
One distinct advantage that "Bart" has over ChatGPT it seems, is the ability to chat about current events.
The creator of ChatGPT, namely OpenAI, warns that its intelligence has "limited knowledge" of events that happened after 2021, but Google's Bard is also able to respond to current events, even the latest layoffs at Google itself.
According to the report, Google is also trying a new version of the iconic home page, replacing the "I'm feeling lucky" button with an invitation to dialogue-style questions.
This design, it seems not by chance, is reminiscent of ChatGPT's design, which offers a search box with examples above it.
Also according to the report, when a query is made to the search engine, a gray speech bubble appears below the search line, offering a more natural language response than the simple and familiar search results.
Below that, there are some possible follow-up questions, linked to the main question.
Below are the familiar search results with links and titles.
Of course, this report has not been verified, and it is not clear how Google will respond to ChatGPT beyond the fact that the new development is indeed driving sleep away from the eyes of Google's search domain managers and that it will certainly respond with its own response.
Google itself has previously referred to the problems of engines such as ChatGPT, such as the reproduction of negative social stereotypes or a tendency to present incorrect information - as facts (at Google they call this "knowledge hallucinations").
In any case, it seems that the sleepy field of search engines is now undergoing a shake-up.