Google’s New AI Chatbot, Bard, Made An Embarrassing Mistake And Sent Shares Tumbling

The new chatbot made a mistake about which satellite first took photos of a planet outside the Earth’s solar system.
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Just a couple of days ago, Google introduced a conversational AI named Bard, as an effort to fight the current king of AI chatbot, ChatGPT, which was developed by OpenAI. However, their attempt got off to a rough start.

According to Reuters, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, lost USD100 billion in market value after Bard made an embarrassing mistake in a promotional GIF. Google advertised that Bard would aid in the simplification of complex subjects, but it instead provided a wrong answer.

In the GIF, Bard was asked “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) can I tell my 9-year old about?” Bard offers several responses, one of which claims that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was used to capture the first images of exoplanets, or worlds outside the solar system.

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) (credit: NASA)

But the truth is, the first photos of exoplanets were taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in 2004.

Very Large Telescope (VLT) (credit: ESO)

After the embarrassing mistake, Google spokesperson said:

This highlights the importance of a rigorous testing process, something that we’re kicking off this week with our Trusted Tester program.

We’ll combine external feedback with our own internal testing to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.

Google is planning to integrate Bard into its search engine and they are playing a catch up game to Microsoft as they have already implemented ChatGPT into Bing search engine in an effort to try and convince more people to use it.

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