Google chatbot makes a mistake in the first demonstration to the public

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Google chatbot makes a mistake in the first demonstration to the public

The first public presentation of Google’s intelligent chatbot was marred by an 18-year inaccuracy. Called Bard, the feature was launched on Monday (6) to compete with ChatGPT.

A gif released by big tech itself shows the robot claiming that the James Webb telescope captured the first images of planets outside the solar system. But a Google search leads to a link on NASA’s website that shows that the first pictures of exoplanets were taken by the European VLT ground telescope.

Astronomers took to social media on Tuesday (7) to point out the error of artificial intelligence. Harvard astrophysicist Grant Tremblay released the 2004 photo that shaped an exoplanet for the first time, despite the low resolution. He made the caveat that the Bard must be “awesome”.

The first images of James Webb were released by NASA in mid-2022.

Google claims to have postponed the launch of artificial intelligence tools to ensure a safe and quality product. Bard should be open to public testing in the coming weeks to gather user feedback.

Shares of Alphabet, the holding company that owns Google, fell 8% after the inaccurate response of the chatbot Bard, according to the Reuters news agency.

ChatGPT also makes factual inaccuracies and invents theoretical references. The robot’s creator, OpenAI, warns that its technology’s responses need to be checked by humans before being released to the public.

While Google held the lead in the machine learning market, the artificial intelligence startup could be less conservative and took the lead in launching generative language models.

Bard will ship with a lighter version of LaMDA, the language model for dialog applications. The AI-based feature is also expected to integrate with Google’s search engine.

LaMDA was the subject of controversy last year. Google’s then senior AI software engineer, Blake Lemoine, claimed that the group’s chatbot would be “self-aware”. He was fired from the company in July last year and denied by scientists.

In 2016, Microsoft launched an artificial intelligence-based chatbot on Twitter named Tay. The idea was for the robot to interact with teenagers on social media to gather knowledge, but the automated account ended up reproducing prejudices and even Nazi ideals.

Microsoft now integrates OpenAI technologies into its tools, after making a billionaire contribution.

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