Google is expanding access to its artificially intelligent chatbot, Bard, which aims to counter Microsoft’s ChatGPT technology. Bard was previously only available to a small group of “trusted testers” selected by Google, but now the company is opening a waitlist for a similar AI tool.
However, Google is being cautious in the rollout of its AI tools, recognizing the risks of misinformation and negative user experiences. Bard will have limited interaction with users, and access will be provided through a separate site from Google’s search engine.
Additionally, a query box connected to the search engine will allow users to check the accuracy of information displayed by Bard. Google’s move to expand access to AI tools comes after Microsoft embedded more AI-powered technology in its word processing, spreadsheet, and slide presentation programs with a new feature called Copilot.