Computerworld March 21, 2023
Jon Gold

Google’s latest foray into generative AI assistance now has a public waiting list.

Search and hyperscale computing giant Google said today that it has opened up access to Bard, a generative AI chatbot meant to compete with similar services offered by Microsoft and OpenAI, among others.

Bard, like similar advanced chatbots, is powered by a large language model. LLMs are essentially advanced deep learning algorithms, with a range of abilities that include translation, summarization and more, powered by huge amounts of text. The LLM used by Bard is a lightweight variant of LaMDA, Google’s main natural-language processing model.

“You can think of an LLM as a prediction engine,” Google said in a blog post. “When given a prompt, it generates...

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