Google has launched a new “Experimental Updates” page for its artificial intelligence chatbot Bard, allowing users to learn about Bard’s latest features and progress.
Bard is an “experimental conversational AI service” that Google released earlier this year and is now available in the United States and the United Kingdom. Google says Bard’s model is constantly being tweaked, but without a centralized place to showcase its changes, it’s hard for users to know exactly what it can do. So Google has created this “Experimental Updates” page, where users can find information about recent updates to Bard, including new features and bug fixes. Each update includes a description of the “what” and “why”. For the page itself, Google says it’s designed to give “users a place to easily check out the latest Bard updates and to test and give feedback.
The first is an improvement to Bard’s “Google it” button, which allows users to jump to a Google search page related to their Bard conversations. Google says the feature adds more suggested search topics to provide users with “a broader range of interests and more relevant topics. The second is an improvement in Bard’s math and logic skills, where Google acknowledges that Bard doesn’t always give the right answers, so the company is working to improve the quality of answers in these areas. This improvement comes shortly after Google switched Bard to a more advanced language model.
While these updates are relatively brief and vague and don’t specify how Google is making them, they are certainly a good start to show the public how it thinks about development. And, at a time when industry professionals and laypeople alike are openly concerned about the unregulated development of AI technology, Google’s transparency may earn it some points of trust.