Google has recently launched its AI chatbot, Bard, which is seen as a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The chatbot will soon be available to the public.However, experts have already noted that Bard made a mistake in its first demonstration.
Above’s GIF shared by Google shows Bard answering a question about the discoveries made by the James Webb Space Telescope.
Bard stated that the telescope took the first images of a planet outside of our solar system, which was incorrect. Astronomers on Twitter pointed out that the first image of an exoplanet was actually taken in 2004.
Bruce Macintosh, director of University of California Observatories, and astrophysicist Grant Tremblay both corrected the mistake made by Bard.
Tremblay highlights the problem of AI chatbots such as ChatGPT and Bard making incorrect statements with confidence.
These systems are not based on a database of verified information, but rather are trained on massive amounts of text which they use to determine the probability of what words may come next in a sentence.
This probabilistic approach has earned them the label of “bullshit generators” by some experts in the field. With companies like Microsoft and Google using these chatbots as search engines, the information they provide can be seen as authoritative and contribute to the already existing issue of false information on the internet.
Microsoft has attempted to address this issue by placing the responsibility on the user to check the accuracy of the information. Google is also launching a Trusted Tester program to ensure that their AI chatbot, Bard, provides high-quality, safe and accurate information.
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