Google has introduced an enhanced version of its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, Bard, in the UK as part of its global rollout of the next-generation model aimed at competing with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. With the recent launch of Gemini, its highly anticipated foundation model, Google and its London-based DeepMind division initially made Bard available in the US and over 170 countries. However, the UK release was initially delayed but is now live, and other countries and languages will follow suit in the near future.
Gemini, hailed by Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, as their most powerful generative AI model yet, represents a significant upgrade to Bard since its launch earlier this year. Initially focused on text-based prompts, Gemini will evolve into a “multi-modal” system in the coming months. This means it will have the ability to process and combine various forms of information, including text, images, videos, and audio.
Debbie Weinstein, Google UK’s Managing Director and Vice President, expressed excitement about the potential of Bard powered by Gemini Pro. With the UK’s rich history of artistic and creative accomplishments, Weinstein believes the improved capabilities of Bard will amplify imagination in various fields, from Shakespeare’s sonnets to Bowie’s ballads. The fusion of the UK’s brilliant minds with Bard’s limitless possibilities is eagerly anticipated
He said: “From Shakespeare’s sonnets to Bowie’s ballads, the UK has a long and rich history of artistic and creative achievement; and the improved capabilities of Bard, powered by Gemini Pro, will supercharge that imagination.
This launch comes at a time of rapid advancements in AI, with Google’s response to OpenAI’s ChatGPT release in March. Experts predict that next-generation generative AI models, including Gemini, will significantly advance the capabilities of AI. Google asserts that Gemini is the first AI model to surpass “human experts” in a range of intelligence tests.