14 May Bard Vs ChatGPT: Google Has An Edge Over Microsoft Even Though It Launched Late
Google finally lifted all restrictions and the waitlist for using Bard, a Generative AI chatbot that rivals OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Despite launching late, Bard AI has multiple advantages over ChatGPT and could race ahead soon.
Google just made its Bard AI chatbot available in over 180 countries and that too without any waitlist. The search giant has also added multiple features to enhance the user experience. Let’s look at some of the aspects in which Google Bard AI chatbot is way ahead of Microsoft-funded OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
Microsoft Office Bard Offers Support For 20+ Programming Languages
OpenAI does offer Codex, an AI-based tool to help developers write code. However, ChatGPT is nowhere close to Bard when it comes to supporting so many programming languages right out of the gate.
Google claims Bard will be able to help professionals with code generation, explanation, and debugging. Needless to say, ChatGPT still has a long way to go before being so versatile, fluent, and expert in so many programming languages.
Microsoft Office ChatGPT Currently Lacks A Dedicated Mobile Version
OpenAI is yet to confirm a mobile-optimized version of ChatGPT. Users currently have to rely on a web browser on their smartphone to use ChatGPT.
Incidentally, even Google Bard doesn’t have a mobile app yet. However, Google has indicated that it is incorporating Bard into more Google apps and services.
Simply put, those interested in using Bard won’t need a dedicated app. ChatGPT users will have to access the platform from within web browsers until Microsoft integrates ChatGPT into the mobile apps of its products and services.
Microsoft Office Google Bard Has Multiple Plugins That Users Can Access For Free
Google has announced that Bard will have several plugins such as Walmart, Spotify, Uber Eats, Adobe Firefly, and a host of other Google Apps. Incidentally, OpenAI too introduced similar plugins for ChatGPT.
The primary difference, however, is that plugins for ChatGPT can be used only via the ChatGPT Plus subscription, which currently costs $20 per month. Google is offering the same functionality for free.
Microsoft Office Google Bard Offers Citations And Sources With Enhanced Search
Google has confirmed that users relying on Bard for information will be rewarded with citations and sources, a feature that ChatGPT can and should offer. Simply put, it is not possible to cite sources with ChatGPT.
Users can ask it to create citations, but ChatGPT isn’t designed for this task and tends to make up sources that don’t exist or present information in the wrong format. In short, ChatGPT doesn’t provide sources, footnotes, or links to where it derived the information that it includes in its answers.
Microsoft Office Bard Includes Information From The Internet, ChatGPT Does Not
Google has trained on a massive dataset of text and code. Incidentally, the dataset also includes information from the internet.
Being able to rely on the internet allows Bard AI to answer questions comprehensively and informally. It is able to offer users the top news of the hour and also fetch information from the Internet.
Needless to mention, ChatGPT simply lacks this ability. OpenAI’s chatbot, by default, lacks access to the internet. Although its information is fairly accurate, it might not be current.
Google has undoubtedly entered the race late. ChatGPT has been answering queries since November of last year. Although Bard made some silly mistakes initially, it has the power of Google Search, which trumps Microsoft’s Bing. Hence, users can expect both the Generative AI platforms to compete intensely while benefitting the end-users.
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published: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 9:35 [IST]