On 6th February 2023, Google had announced its AI ChatBot, Bard, which felt like a rushed reveal. It seemed like Google was forced to release their ChatBot after Microsoft announced that they were integrating ChatGPT into Bing and Edge. It appears even more true as Google AI Chatbot Bard gives incorrect response in first demo itself. Oopsie!
After Bard was introduced in a blog post by Sundar Pichai, Google shared a tweet, saying, “ Bard is an experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA. Built using our large language models and drawing on information from the web, it’s a launchpad for curiosity and can help simplify complex topics → http://goo.gle/3HBZQtu” along with a GIF showing an example search “what new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9 year old about ?”
But several astronauts quickly pointed out the inaccuracy in the results of the example search. Astrophysicist, Grant Tremblay tweeted, saying, “Not to be a ~well, actually~ jerk, and I’m sure Bard will be impressive, but for the record: JWST did not take “the very first image of a planet outside our solar system”. the first image was instead done by Chauvin et al. (2004) with the VLT/NACO using adaptive optics.”
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In a follow-up tweet, Tremblay said, “I do love and appreciate that one of the most powerful companies on the planet is using a JWST search to advertise their LLM. Awesome! But ChatGPT etc., while spooky impressive, are often *very confidently* wrong. Will be interesting to see a future where LLMs self error check.”
Bruce Macintosh, Director of the University of California Observatories also tweeted “Speaking as someone who imaged an exoplanet 14 years before JWST was launched, it feels like you should find a better example?” further pointing out how Google AI Chatbot Bard gives incorrect response in first demo.
With the internet being the biggest waste basket of false news and misleading information, AI ChatBots confidently search through the waste basket and show the first search that seems relevant, irrespective of its authenticity. After all, a robot can’t be human, eh?