I have previously highlighted ChatGPT and now I will attempt to tell you how ChatGPT and Google Bard differ. Let’s dive in.
Both Chat GPT and Google Bard are artificial intelligence (AI) generative chatbots. What that means is that they (both AI programs) deliver content once a query is made, but the data generated comes from its machine learning. Both are easy to install. Both are competing for market share. Both can respond to complex questions and present content, images, or video. Both offer a free and paid version depending on your specific needs. Chat GPT may have frontrunner status, but there is a lot that Google Bard is offering that may level the playing field.
ChatGPT came on the world scene in late 2022 and within five days had over one million users! That is impressive any way you look at it.
Google Bard is just being introduced and offers a few more bells and whistles that come with ChatGPT. What specifically you may ask?
Google Bard interfaces with all of the Google suite of products. I.e. Google Workspace, Google Docs, the Google search menu, etc.. ChatGPT has none of that.
ChatGPT only responds to written queries. Google Bard has the capacity to do that and also respond to voice queries. That is huge in the AI world!
The GPT portion of ChatGPT is short for generative pre-trained transformer. This technology works by locating patterns in data sequences using what they call the GPT-3.5 language model for their free version and GPT-4 for their paid version. Both are formed from human-generated text over the internet and translated into responses to those queries.
ChatGPT is able to produce content from queries on written code, descriptions of products, blog posts, drafts of emails, legal briefs, translations, memes or jokes, summaries of meetings, podcasts, or transcripts, social media posts, and more. The data it is able to pull from the internet is only as up-to-date as what was available in 2021. So there may be lags in currency depending on what you are querying.
Google Bard’s chatbot mimics human conversations via using machine learning (ML) and natural language processing. They call this their PaLM2 or pathways language model. Supposedly, this model of ML is best at reasoning and common sense, logic and math. It is able to provide extremely detailed replies to queries and questions without necessarily executing a generic search engine response based on the use of keywords. Bard gathers its data from real-time internet searches. As such it is completely up-to date.
Currently, ChatGPT does not allow the exportation of information from any given query. Therefore, you must copy and paste. That is not the end of the world. But what ChatGPT lacks there Google Bard does with ease. There are two export options available for users of Google Bard. One is to export into a Gmail draft and the other is into Google Docs.
Another amazing feature of Google Bard is that if you inquire about a summarization of a specific article or website it is able to do so with a few keystrokes, I.e. “summarize the website insert URL”. ChatGPT responds to this same prompt by stating “I apologize, but I’m unable to access external websites or specific articles like insert URL.”
Google Bard is available in more than one hundred eighty countries and in three basic languages. (see diagram below)
While this article, most likely anyway, hit most of the high notes for both ChatGPT and Google Bard AI. Please don’t forget that this is a very dynamic and fluid environment and there will be more players entering the fray. For instance, China has introduced an AI version of their search engine Badu and it is called Ernie Bot.
These and other organizations (Wordtune, ChatSonic, Jasper, Open Assistant) are looking at how to use this platform to create intuitive responses for customer service, optimization of email content and other information, recommendations for products and services, and social media or blog posts.