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Bard, Google’s new AI chatbot, can now help you write and debug software code. Google announced the same via a blog post.
A few days ago in an interview, Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised that his AI chatbot Bard would receive improvements and get better over time. In light of the CEO’s remarks, Google recently announced that Bard can now help write and debug code. Additionally, the AI chatbot can explain code to users and help with building Google Sheets features. Until now, ChatGPT was known for helping with code writing, but it seems Google is eager to catch up. Bard is available to a small number of users in the US and UK and is still in testing.
Google Announces Bard’s New Powers
In the blog post announcing Bard’s new abilities, coding is described as “one of the top requests” the company has received from its users.
Adding that Bard can also help explain code, the post says: “In addition to generating code, Bard can also help explain code snippets. This is especially useful if you are learning to program for the first time or need extra help understanding what a block of code can produce.”
About the possibility of hallucinating
We’ve been hearing a lot about the AI chatbot tendency to ‘freak out’ right now. The AI is said to be hallucinating when it confidently presents false information, leading the user to believe it is true. Google’s blog post about Bard includes a warning about the AI chatbot’s hallucinatory potential.
He states: “Bard is still an experiment in its infancy and can at times present inaccurate, misleading or fraudulent information for sure. Bard can provide you with functional code that does not produce the expected result, as well as code that is suboptimal or incomplete. Before relying on Bard’s answers, always double check them and thoroughly test and examine your code for bugs, flaws and vulnerabilities. Despite these obstacles, we believe that Bard’s new capabilities can help you by giving you new ways to write code, create test cases, and update APIs. If Bard quotes extensively from an existing open source project, the source will be cited.
What do Google employees think about Bard?
In February, when Bard had just launched, it was reported that employees were unhappy with the way the ad was handled, labeling it “rushed, botched, and not Google.” The company then enlisted the assistance of its employees in correcting Bard’s mistakes, declaring incentives for those who agreed to help. CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that more than 80,000 employees participated in Bard’s internal testing and even thanked them via email.
Bloomberg reports that more recently, Google employees who tested the AI chatbot Bard found it to be ineffective and pathologically dishonest. One worker also warned that Bard’s advice in certain circumstances could result in “death or injury.”
According to an internal document seen by the publication, 18 current and former Google employees claimed that Bard was spreading low-quality information “in a race to keep up with the competition” while placing “less emphasis on its ethical commitments.”
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