It’s not a Bot, It’s a Bard

Google has released it’s Artificial-Intelligence-driven chatbot named “Bard”.  As poetic as that sounds, the long-awaited Google forray into AI chatbot-ness is more  about facts than flourishes… at least in my first test drive.

Bard FavIcon in browser tab

My first thought was to ask Bard to write what he’d like to see as a blog post from me introiducing him. His suggestion is in the next column.

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to announce that I’m starting the Bard experiment! Bard is a generative AI chatbot that I’m building to help me with my writing.

I’ve been working on Bard for a few months now, and I’m finally ready to share it with the world. Bard is still in its early stages, but I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made so far.

I’m using Bard to help me with a variety of tasks, including brainstorming ideas, writing blog posts, and editing my work. Bard has been a huge help, and I’m really grateful for its help.

I’m still learning how to use Bard, and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes along the way. But I’m excited to see what Bard can do, and I’m confident that it will help me become a better writer.

If you’re interested in trying Bard, you can sign up for the waitlist here. I’ll be sending out invitations to a limited number of people in the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading!

[Your name]

Google is touting Bard as more fact-based than OpenAI’s ChatGPT. So, I was puzzled about

I’ve been working on Bard for a few months now, …

because I just started with Bard yesterday. And the suggestion that I am a developer of Bard is flattering, but…

However,  up until now I have avoided apps that provide AI content but I think any web professional has to playing some with the tools. So, I will!

I have a lot to learn. Like separating the image AI I have heard about from the Chat AI. Bard does not draw!

Apparently I can ask for the words to sound like the style of someone famous (the site I saw picked Donald Trump), or I can pick a technical/grade level for writing, or… who knows what yet.

Bard conversation on images

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If you would like me to try a Bard request, send me a note. Of course, if you have a Google account, you can respond to your own invitation and be a first-hand tester!

It should be fun to see how Bard and I progress and improve. But, I still think I’ll miss Majel Barrett!