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Google Bard Ai Ad shows a new AI search tool making a factual error


Andrew NG

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Google’s new AI search tool Bard AI has created quite a buzz in the market. Even though Bard AI is only accessible to a few users as it’s still in the testing period. Google recently released a demo on Twitter of its newest AI service, which didn’t sit quite well with the audience. 

The first demo shared by Google Bard AI ad shows a new AI search tool making a factual error. A GIF shared by Google on Twitter showcased Bard responding to the question: “What new discoveries from JWST can I tell my nine-year-old about?” To which Bard responded incorrectly, , “JWST took the first ever picture of a planet outside our solar system.”


In this article, we will look into the first demo introduced by Google’s Bard AI, the responses, losses faced by the company, and more. 

What is Google Bard Ai Ad?

Google Bard AI is an Artificial intelligence chatbot – made using a language Model for Dialogue Application (LaMDA) – which is a Convolutional neural language model. Bard AI is introduced to take the burden off users while researching and generating content, as Bard AI can turn complex information into simple language. 

Furthermore, this AI chatbot can help provide high-quality content that is accurate and reliable. This AI chatbot does contain few similarities with ChatGPT as both utilize chatbots through conversations. However, unlike ChatGPT, Bard isn’t restricted to data till 2021 and can provide information on the latest events.  

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai stated, “Bard AI is only introduced to a few users on a testing basis. However, soon Bard will be made available for public users as well”. 

What error did – Google make in its Bard Ai Ad

Last Monday, Google shared a GIF on Twitter of Bard answering the user, “What new discoveries from James Webb space telescope (JWST) can I tell my nine-year-old about?” 

To which Bard responded in three bullet points, including one point where bard stated JWST “took the very first picture of a planet outside of our solar system.” 

This did not stick well with astronomers, as they were quick to point out that the information provided by Bard is incorrect. Reuters was the first to respond regarding the incorrect answer delivered by Bard. They stated the very first image of an exoplanet was not taken by JWST, instead it was taken by European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in 2004, according to NASA.  

Astrophysicist Grant Tremblay tweeted, “I’m sure Bard will be impressive, however for the record, JWST didn’t take the first image of the planet outside our solar system.”  

Director of the University of California Observatories, Bruce Macintosh was also fast to point out the false information as he tweeted: “Speaking as somebody who has imaged an exoplanet fourteen years before JWST was formed, feels like you should find a better example.” 

The holding company of Google “Alphabet Inc” encountered a decline in its shares of about 7.7% on Wednesday, which wiped roughly $100 billion off its market value. 

Response of Google’s spokesperson on the factual error: 

A Google spokesperson Jane Park quoted – “Occurrence of the factual error has highlighted the importance of a rigorous testing process, which they are looking forward to kicking off, this week along with their trusted tester program.” “We are looking forward to combining the external feedback along with our internal testing to ensure responses provided by Bard meet great expectations of a high standard for quality, security, and groundedness in real-world data.”

Google has now risked its search engine reputation among users regarding the reliability of the information. Like ChatGPT, Bard is built on a large language model. Trained by a wide range of online data to develop compelling responses to users’ prompts. However, experts have warned these AI tools have the potential to spread incorrect information.

What question did Google AI get wrong?

“What new discoveries from the James Webb space telescope can I tell my nine-year-old about?” is the question that Google’s newest AI search tool service Bard got wrong. Bard answered this question on Twitter with three bullet points. Bard stated, “JWST took the first picture of a plant outside of our solar system,” which was incorrect. The mistake was first spotted by Reuters and New Scientist, raising a question of reliability for many users.

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