Google’s artificial intelligence chatbot, Bard, just got even smarter. According to a recent blog post by the company, Bard can now integrate with and pull information from various Google apps like Gmail, Docs, YouTube, and more. These new capabilities, called “Bard Extensions,” make it easier for users to find information across multiple Google tools and apps within one conversation.
For example, if you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, Bard can now help you by grabbing the dates that work for everyone from Gmail, looking up real-time flight and hotel information, providing Google Maps directions to the airport, and even suggesting YouTube videos of things to do there. All of this can be done within a single conversation, saving users time and effort.
Google emphasized that privacy is a priority. Users have full control over whether they want to enable the new extensions and how they want to use them. This puts users in charge of their data and ensures that Bard only accesses the information they are comfortable sharing.
In addition to the Bard Extensions, Google introduced a “Google It” button to make it easier for users to double-check Bard’s answers. By clicking on this button, users can quickly verify the information provided by Bard. This feature is currently available in English.
Google attributed these new capabilities to updates made to PaLM 2, its language processing system. PaLM 2 enables Bard to better understand and respond to user requests, making the chatbot more powerful and efficient.
Bard was launched by Google earlier this year as a rival to ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing AI search. CNET has compared ChatGPT, Bing, and Google Bard to determine which AI chatbot is the most helpful. Each chatbot has its strengths and weaknesses, but with these new features, Bard has certainly taken a stride forward.
As technology continues to evolve, AI chatbots like Bard play an increasingly important role in assisting users with their everyday tasks. By seamlessly integrating with Google apps and providing quick access to information, Bard is becoming a valuable tool for users looking for convenience and efficiency.
It’s worth noting that CNET is also utilizing AI technology to create personal finance explainers, which are edited and fact-checked by human editors. This use of AI demonstrates the growing influence of artificial intelligence in various industries, including journalism.
Overall, with its latest updates and integration with Google apps, Bard is becoming a more versatile and helpful chatbot. Users can expect improved productivity and enhanced user experiences with these new features, as Bard continues to evolve and adapt to meet their needs.