As AI has increasingly grown in popularity, Microsoft and Google have started a new digital war between them.
Microsoft‘s CEO Satya Nadella’s challenge towards Google has actually made them react to an unwanted deadline.
On February 08th, 2023, Google‘s corporate parent experienced a nearly 8% decline in its stock value; this decline reportedly happened due to a mistake that Google’s new AI chatbot made.
Google rushed the release date of Bard; this move was a panic move from the Company; the chatbot was released as a response to Microsoft’s new AI-powered Bing.
Google Bard Summary
Google Bard can answer many queries as it is an AI-powered chatbot. Its chatbot is powered by LaMDA, but ChatGPT 3 model language is also built on Transformer, and the interesting part is that Google Research invented Transformer in 2017.
Right after their terrible pitching, Google announced that they were testing the chatbot, and only some users may access it.
It is not a secret that Google has been working on its language model for a long time now, but their employee allegations made the Company postpone its public appearance.
On February 06th, 2023, Google’s and Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai expressed his opinion that Bard is expected to replace the iconic Google Search bar, making it capable of generating replies to users’ search queries and simplifying them. But, the presentation that happened on February 08th aimed to hype users up for Google’s AI chatbot, whereas it backfired terribly.
Bard claimed that James Webb was the first telescope that took a picture of an exoplanet outside of our solar system, which is in accordance with Google’s reply as well, but according to Nasa records the first pictures of these exoplanets were taken by the European Southern Observatories.
Though Google Bard’s mistake took everyone’s attention, ChatGPT has an incorrect answer to this question as well;
- “Which telescope took first pictures of the exoplanets outside of our solar system?”,
- The answer is, “The Hubble Space Telescope took the first pictures of exoplanets outside our solar system in 1995”.
Both AI chatbots are incorrect in this case, as Nasa claims otherwise, and the most reliable source at this time is Nasa’s records.
Will Google Recover?
This is actually considered to be one of the most embarrassing incidents in a tech presentation since Steve Jobs’s Wi-Fi wouldn’t connect in 2010.
Unfortunately, this incident came at an awful time for Google; aside from this, there wasn’t anything else; the presentation moved to Google maps, and its presenters seemed very dull. There was no ground-breaking information, making Google look very unprofessional and lost.
As mentioned, $100 billion were lost due to their poor performance. Markets are volatile, and most likely, Google will bounce back from this, but will they come back with something that will make up even for Bard?
I can’t wait to see how this digital war turns out for both parties.