Timeline of Google Bard
|Time period||Development summary|
|February 2023||Google introduces Bard|
|March 2023||Google opens limited access to Bard|
|Year||Month and date||Event type||Details|
|2023||February 6||Google announces Bard, which is officially released.|
|2023||February 8||Google's parent company, Alphabet, experiences a $144 billion drop in market value after Bard provides incorrect answers during a demonstration. The incident raises concerns about Google's position in the race for the future of internet search, especially in light of the popularity of OpenAI's ChatGPT. Microsoft's unveiling of a new version of its Bing search engine and Edge browser, incorporating technology from OpenAI, further intensifies the competition. Despite Bard being available only to limited testers and ChatGPT also facing accuracy issues, investors remain sensitive to any potential threats to Google's search business, which is a significant revenue driver for Alphabet. Google expresses acknowledgement of the importance of rigorous testing and states that it would combine external feedback with internal testing to ensure the quality, safety, and reliability of Bard's responses. The incident highlights the escalating battle to develop the most accurate and effective search engine.|
|2023||February 13||Alphabet Chairman John L. Hennessy states that Google was hesitant to release Bard, because the technology is still giving inaccurate answers. He believes that generative artificial intelligence is one to two years away from being truly useful on a broader scale. Hennessy speaks at a conference and mentions that Google was caught up in the sudden interest in ChatGPT and generative AI. He emphasizes the need for caution in releasing AI systems that could provide incorrect or toxic information. Hennessy expresses concerns about the role of technology in ensuring a functioning democracy and promoting a harmonious society. He also acknowledges the impressive capabilities of ChatGPT while noting that startups in Silicon Valley have an advantage in recruiting talent during the current cycle of layoffs.|
|2023||February 15||Google asks its employees to help improve the responses of Bard, by rewriting incorrect answers. Prabhakar Raghavan, Google's vice president for search, sends an email to staff with a link to a document outlining the do's and don'ts of fixing responses. The document encourages employees to rewrite responses on topics they understand well, emphasizing that Bard learns best through example. The instructions include keeping responses neutral, not implying emotion, and avoiding stereotypes or presumptions based on various categories. The company aims to involve its employees in testing Bard to accelerate its training and improve accuracy. Employees who contribute to fixing responses may receive recognition through an internal badge and have the opportunity to share feedback with the team working on Bard. The move comes after Google faced criticism for the rollout of Bard, which led to a drop in the company's stock price.|
|2023||March 21||Google opens limited access to Bard, positioning it as an experiment rather than a finished product and making it available to select users in the United States and United Kingdom through a waitlist. Google emphasizes that Bard is not a replacement for its search engine but a complement to it, serving as a chatbot for generating ideas, drafting writing, and engaging in conversation. In a demo, Bard provides responses to general queries, but factual accuracy is hit-and-miss, sometimes generating inaccurate or offensive information. Bard's interface includes disclaimers, and its replies are cautioned to be treated with caution. While Bard is faster than ChatGPT and Bing, its answers appear more constrained, lacking the chaotic and experimental nature of Bing's responses. Google reports intention to find a balance between Bard's capabilities and liabilities as more users gain access and stress test the system.|
|2023||April 19||An article at Bloomberg reports on Google employees criticizing Bard, in internal messages, with some describing it as "a pathological liar." According to a report from Bloomberg, 18 current and former Google workers express concerns about Bard's performance, noting that it often provided dangerous advice on topics like landing a plane or scuba diving. The report suggests that Google has downplayed ethical concerns to compete with rivals like Microsoft and OpenAI. Some argue that public testing is necessary to improve AI systems, while others believe Google's focus is on business over safety.|
|2023||May 10||During Google's I/O developer conference, the company announces the end of the waitlist for Bard, making it widely available in English. The company aims to gather feedback and continue improving the chatbot by expanding its user base. Bard becomes accessible in over 180 countries and territories, with plans to add support for additional languages, including Korean and Japanese. Google emphasizes its responsible development approach and referred to Bard as an experiment rather than a beta. Google also unveils updates and new features for Bard. The tool now supports Japanese and Korean languages, with plans to support 40 languages in the future. Updates include image capabilities, advanced coding features, and integration with Google apps and services. Users can now incorporate images into their prompts and receive text-based responses with rich visuals. Additionally, developers can benefit from improved source citations, a dark theme, and an "Export" button for running code with partners like Replit. Google reportedly aims to integrate Bard with various apps and services such as Docs, Drive, Gmail, Maps, and more. Also, Bard reportedly plans to connect with external partners like Adobe Firefly, Kayak, OpenTable, ZipRecruiter, Instacart, Wolfram, and Khan Academy to enhance user experiences.|
|2023||May 15||Stable release|
|2023||May 24||Google Bard introduces an update that integrates images into its responses. The new feature enhances the visual experience of prompts by displaying images sourced from Google Search. Users can now see accompanying images when asking for a list of items or request images directly. Google aims to provide transparency by sourcing the images. The company also hints at more visual changes and elements coming to Bard in the future.|
|2023||May 29||An article discusses Google Bard and its metrics database used to enhance chatbot performance. The database tracks key metrics, including response accuracy, diversity, and fluency, allowing Bard to assess its own performance and identify areas for enhancement. By analyzing user feedback and behavior, Bard customizes its responses to deliver more innovative and varied interactions. Additionally, Bard leverages natural language processing techniques to gather insights from diverse sources such as web search results, news articles, and videos. The Google Bard Metrics Database plays a vital role in this process by enabling Google AI to pinpoint areas requiring improvement, develop novel training methods, and monitor Bard's progress over time. As Bard interacts with a growing number of users and accumulates knowledge from additional information sources, it continuously evolves and enhances its capabilities.|
|2023||May 29||Google introduces "Magic Compose", a new feature powered by Bard. Available exclusively to users in the United States, it is an experimental feature within the Messages by Google app. Magic Compose uses AI to generate stylized, suggested responses based on the context of users' messages. The tool sends up to 20 previous messages to Google's servers to generate conversation starters, replies, or different styles of drafted messages. However, messages with attachments, voice messages, and images are not sent to the servers. Magic Compose offers seven different styles in which it can rephrase text, including Chill, Excited, Formal, Lyrical, Remix, Shakespeare, and Short. It is designed for RCS (Rich Communication Services) within the Messages app and can be accessed through the app's Settings menu. Magic Compose does not store messages or use them to train machine learning models.|
|2023||May 30||Competition||An article compares Google Bard with ChatGPT and Bing Chat. The author discusses their features, strengths, and limitations to help readers make an informed choice. She concludes that ChatGPT can be prone to misinformation. Bing Chat, powered by OpenAI's largest language model GPT-4, offers internet access for up-to-date information and visual features like image generation. Finally, she acknowledges that Google Bard, known for its speed, is receiving upgrades to enhance its language support and introduce visual elements. The article suggests considering factors such as accuracy, cost, internet access, and visual features when deciding on the best AI chatbot for specific needs.|
|2023||May 30||Competition||Current CEO of Bing at Microsoft and former CTO at Yandex Mikhail Parakhin, states that Google Bard utilizes a "much smaller model" compared to Bing Chat. This remark comes in response to a compliment about Bard's speed over Bing Chat. Parakhin explains that Google's use of a smaller model contributes to its faster performance. These comments are made after Bard's recent upgrades to PaLM2 and other significant improvements.|
|2023||June 2||Google Bard incorporates the capability to provide location-based results. Users can opt to share their precise location, allowing Bard to deliver relevant information about directions, businesses, landmarks, and other local details. By leveraging Google's search engine, Maps app, and other products, Bard can pinpoint the user's exact whereabouts and offer accurate responses based on their surroundings. Users can choose to enable the location-sharing feature and experience more specific and tailored results. However, this feature would raise privacy concerns, and users must weigh the convenience of location-based information against their privacy preferences.|
|2023||June 8||Google enhances Bard with improved logical reasoning skills, making it more proficient in answering mathematical and coding questions. The latest update includes features such as exporting tabular responses to Google Sheets and employing implicit code execution to generate code and provide accurate responses. Google claims that Bard's approach surpasses traditional large language models (LLMs) by combining text prediction and code-based computation, resulting in better problem-solving capabilities. However, Google warns that Bard's code may have flaws, and users should exercise caution when utilizing it.|
|2023||June 9||An article discusses the top benefits of using Google Bard. Despite a rocky start, the public beta version of Bard showcases potential features that may challenge ChatGPT. The benefits include a user-friendly interface with dark and light modes, access to FAQs and activity history, the ability to view and analyze multiple drafts, voice input functionality, free internet access for browsing and gathering data, and leveraging Google Search results for more accurate responses. Additionally, Bard's location-sensitivity ensures relevant search results based on the user's context and location.|
|2023||June 13||Google is blocked by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) from launching Bard in the European Union due to privacy concerns. By this time Bard has already been launched in several countries, including the United States and United Kingdom. However, the DPC states that Google has not provided the necessary documentation or briefing regarding data protection impact assessment, resulting in the postponement of Bard's EU launch. The incident reflects the stricter approach to AI regulation in the EU compared to other regions, with the EU AI Act proposed to align AI governance with privacy regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation.|
|2023||June 15||Google announces that Google Lens integration into Google Bard, allowing users to include images in their prompts and utilize Lens to understand the visual content. Additionally, Google Lens now has the capability to detect skin conditions by analyzing uploaded photos, providing visual matches to aid in search. Google has also introduced shopping features through Lens, enabling users to take screenshots and receive shoppable matches with links for online purchases, as well as utilizing multisearch to search by both photo and words.|
|2023||June 19||Google warns its employees not to use code generated by Bard, due to privacy and security risks. Voice AI startup Nuance, backed by Microsoft, faces a privacy lawsuit for recording and using people's voices without permission. Google's DeepMind opposes the idea of a singular AI regulatory agency, advocating for a multi-layered approach. OpenAI cautions Microsoft about releasing its Bing chatbot too quickly, citing concerns about false information and inappropriate language. The developments highlight ongoing challenges in AI regarding privacy, security, and responsible deployment.|
|2023||July 13||Google announces the expansion of Bard to around 50 additional countries, including all 27 European Union nations and Brazil. The release in the EU was delayed due to the bloc's plans to regulate AI. Bard is now available in over 40 languages and offers new features such as audio responses, different response styles, and the ability to analyze uploaded photos. Google states that it has engaged with experts, policymakers, and privacy regulators to ensure a responsible approach to AI expansion. By this time, the EU works on comprehensive rules for AI, including provisions for generative AI systems like ChatGPT.|
|2023||July 25||Competition||A number of articles highlight five cases in which Google Bard surpasses ChatGPT. These features include transcribing old letters from images, simplifying travel planning by suggesting personalized options, identifying objects and their functions through images, offering meal planning assistance based on ingredients, and providing technical troubleshooting support by analyzing error screenshots. Google Bard's multifunctional capabilities emphasizes the potential of AI to enhance various aspects of daily life, making it a formidable competitor in the AI chatbot space.|
|2023||August 16||An article reports on OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google Bard spreading misinformation related to news. The chatbots are accused of disseminating false or misleading information when queried about news topics. This raises concerns about the spread of misinformation through AI-powered platforms and highlights the need for improved AI moderation and fact-checking mechanisms to ensure accurate and reliable information dissemination. The report underscores the challenges in mitigating the impact of AI-driven misinformation in the digital age.|
|2023||August 21||An article describes an encounter with a potentially malicious campaign involving fake AI bots trying to install malware. The author notices an advertisement on Facebook for "Google Bard AI," which leads to a suspicious link on rebrand.ly, not directly associated with Google. The ad's comments section appears suspicious, with users giving high ratings and posting comments at the same time. Investigating further, the author finds that the link leads to a Google-hosted site with poorly written content. The download page attempts to mimic an official Google offering. Upon analyzing the downloaded file, it is flagged as malicious by several antivirus vendors. The campaign demonstrates cybercriminals attempting to exploit the AI hype for financial gain.|
|2023||September 20||Google integrates Bard with its Gmail service and other products. This allows users to easily use Bard across different Google services. Users can extend Bard to apps like Gmail, Drive, YouTube, and Maps using a system called Bard Extensions. For example, users can ask Bard to summarize emails on a specific subject in Gmail or help with trip planning by searching for flight dates, booking hotel rooms, and providing directions in Google Maps. Google also adds a verification feature to check the correctness of Bard's results against Google search results.|
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