- Is artificial intelligence taking over the world?
- Google announces its Bard chatbot will soon be available in Spanish.
- What does this mean?
Google will launch its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, Bard, in around twenty languages, including Spanish, in the «coming weeks and months», but before releasing this tool, the technology giant wants to make sure that the product works well and is safe.
The company announced at Google’s annual developer event, Google I/O 2023, that the Bard chatbot, which launched almost two months ago and was only accessible by invitation or by waiting list, is open to 180 countries in English.
Google opened Bard up to two new languages: Japanese and Korean
“Starting with Japanese and Korean was a breakthrough. We have started with languages in which we believe that Bard can have a really interesting use, where we have seen interest from communities and where we feel that the language is ready,” Tulsee Doshi, Head of Product for Google’s Responsible AI & Human-Centered Technology Organization, reported EFE.
Sissie Hsiao, Google’s vice president and general manager of Google Assistant and Bard, said in her presentation at Google I/O 2023 that «very soon» Bard will be available in «the top 40 languages» around the world, and while Doshi did not specify a date, she did tell EFE that the announcements will be made in the «next weeks and months.»
Google is ready
“Since we introduced Bard, we have wanted to launch it in more countries. But we want to do it responsibly, safely and thoughtfully, and that’s what my team is focused on: responsible AI,» Doshi said.
However, since the beginning of this year Google has been in a race to be the AI reference company in clear competition with Microsoft, which this year launched Bing, an AI chatbot powered by GPT-4 and DALL-E 2 technology from Open AI (creators of ChatGPT and DALL-E).
AI is very popular
Last week, the company created by Bill Gates and directed by Satya Nadella, opened Bing to everyone, which is capable of generating texts and images in both English and other languages, including Spanish.
Since AI chatbots became popular with the launch of ChatGPT, several experts have expressed concern about the effects that these tools may have on job stability (due to the risk of job amortization) or misinformation.
A breakthrough in technology
Doshi stressed that this technology has to be built «responsibly from the ground up.» “We need to build it with the extra security measures, we need to build it with intentionality, we need to build it for dedicated use cases that we think are really valuable,” she noted.
Likewise, Doshi encouraged the most skeptical and those concerned about the effects of this technology to try Bard and then share their assessment with Google. “It’s important that we really build a collective understanding of the technology. The current voyage will affect future voyages. And I think bringing accountability now means that hopefully we’ll start to build a path that leads to useful AI.»