This week has been a huge one for artificial intelligence. In particular, this is true of AI systems that disperse information that some people would take as fact.
While Google unveiled Bard, an experimental conversational AI service powered by its Language Model for Dialogue Applications, Microsoft launched an AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser (or LaMDA for short).
As seen by a humiliating Bard gaffe, they are all in the early stages of development and will need more time for their separate inventors to work out all the kinks.
In a brief movie showcasing Bard’s functionality, the AI was questioned about James Webb Space Telescope discoveries that might be explained to a 9-year-old.
The telescope “caught the very first photographs of a planet outside of our solar system,” according to one of the explanations provided by Bard. That’s not accurate, and that’s the issue.”
Last year, Webb took their first image of an exoplanet, although it wasn’t the first exoplanet image ever taken.
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 → https://t.co/fSp531xKy3 pic.twitter.com/JecHXVmt8l
— Google (@Google) February 6, 2023
The inaccurate response was included in a tweet sent on February 6 and received over a million views. As of this writing, it is still active and is highlighted on Google’s blog article announcing Bard.
Before a larger deployment to the general public in the upcoming weeks, Google stated earlier this week that it was making Bard available to trusted testers.
Microsoft cautioned that Bing would occasionally distort the information it finds, and you could see responses that look convincing but are incorrect, incomplete, or unsuitable in a FAQ for its AI-generated responses.
Before making choices or taking action based on Bing’s suggestions, Redmond advises users to exercise their discretion and confirm the accuracy of the information.
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