Google is ready to unveil chatbot technology following the success of ChatGPT
In response to the viral success of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot backed by Microsoft, which became available for free to the public and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, Google plans to release its own chatbot technology to the public in “the coming weeks and months.”
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai recently declared that the company was “extremely well positioned” in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) because it had reached a “inflection point” in its use.
Pichai mentioned Google’s two “large language models,” LaMDA and PaLM, with the former slated for release soon. CNBC reported this week that Google is testing an artificial intelligence chatbot called Apprentice Bard that uses LaMDA technology, making it similar to Microsoft’s ChatGPT.
Last year, LaMDA became widely known after a Google engineer made headlines by claiming that the artificial intelligence was “sentient.” The engineer was initially suspended and later fired. Blake Lemoine made some allegations that Google dismissed as “wholly unfounded” regarding the LaMDA language model for dialogue applications.
“In the coming weeks and months, we’ll make these language models available, starting with LaMDA so that people can engage directly with them,” Pichai said in a Thursday conference call with Alphabet investors.
Neural networks, which are essentially digital representations of the brain’s basic structure, are what power systems like LaMDA and ChatGPT, and they learn to generate believable sentences by being fed massive amounts of text. After being put to use in everything from school essays to job applications, ChatGPT has gone viral.
Pichai indicated that chatbot technology would be integrated into Google as part of the rollout. As a search companion, “very soon” users will be able to interact directly with our most advanced language models, he said. This time last year, Google launched a “AI Test Kitchen” with a selection of LaMDA demonstrations for select groups.
Also, he brought attention to the successes of Alphabet’s UK-based AI unit DeepMind, noting that its database of “all 200m proteins known to science” had been accessed by 1 million biologists around the world.
Since its release on November 30th, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which was developed in San Francisco, is expected to have amassed 100 million users, according to industry experts. UBS investment bank analysts called the expansion “unprecedented,” adding, “in 20 years following the internet space, we cannot recall a faster ramp in a consumer internet app.”
One of OpenAI’s financial backers, Microsoft, has begun incorporating ChatGPT into its products and has released a premium version of its Teams communications product, which includes AI-powered enhancements such as automatically generated meeting notes. In addition, OpenAI’s AI models will likely be integrated into Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
ChatGPT is an application of generative artificial intelligence, which refers to systems that have been taught to generate content in response to a textual prompt. Dall-E, an AI-driven image generator, was also created by OpenAI.
The release of ChatGPT by OpenAI “put a firework” under major technology companies, according to Michael Wooldridge, a professor of computer science at the University of Oxford.
He speculated that the accomplishment “must have caused consternation in Silicon Valley boardrooms” because it was accomplished with a much smaller workforce than that of large technology firms. There will likely be a mad dash to get products to market and secure a user base, as well as a dramatic shift in focus, among other large tech companies as they explore the potential of large language models and generative AI.