How to use Google Bard AI Chatbot: Examples and More!

Shaun
Feb 8, 2023
Updated • Feb 8, 2023
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Google Bard has arrived! You’d be pardoned if you never heard about it before. Google Bard is the eponymous company's new attempt at snatching ChatGPT’s resounding success. It’s an experimental conversational AI that is geared to either be a Google Search companion or replace it altogether.

Behind Google Bard sits LaMDA or Language Model for Dialogue Applications, the technology behind this AI. As you can probably guess, Bard aims to offer a similar experience to ChatGPT, giving human-like responses to complex questions such as what results of a mix between a chihuahua dog and a bonsai.

Jokes aside, Google Bard is a powerful solution that can solve mathematical and coding exercises, write an essay or poem, and cross-reference data to form an elaborate reply. It can also address follow-up questions.

Google Bard Is Among Us. What Can You Do With It?

How Google Bard works

It’s perhaps a bit surprising that both ChatGPT and Google Bard use the same neural network, which is none other than Transformer, from Google Research. This, in turn, allowed for LaMDA to exist, which is a model for statistical word prediction and the basis of Google Bard.

This allows the AI not only to bring coherent answers to both simple and complex questions but do so in a human way, much like a normal person would. It can even offer suggestions and extrapolate information from different sources to offer a solution.

The most salient feature of Google Bard and ChatGPT is its capacity to create new data instead of parroting whatever is stored in their databases. This is a huge departure from Google’s search engine, and might very well be on the way to replacing it.

In Google Bard’s case, however, there’s an important point to be made against other conversational AIs: Google has many products that most people use every day, and this tool can be easily integrated with them. 

This means that Google Bard might be used with Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and other services. This gives Google an edge to outperform its rivals. Yes, there’s Google Assistant. However, while Google Assistant finds you a restaurant nearby, Google Bard will strike up a conversation about its menu, too.

Google Bard usage and examples

As you may have noticed, Google Bard is poised to be an AI swiss-army knife rather than a lowly chatbot. Here are some of the planned uses for this tool:

  • Find information

The most typical usage for Google Bard is, undoubtedly, information retrieval. It could be an alternative to perusing Google search results when you want an answer to a simple question. 

  • Reply 

Information online is mostly presented in a way where you can get fast info, but few answers. Google Bard is tremendously useful in this regard since it can analyze the information and provide the answers you’re looking for.

  • Perform tasks

Your current Google Assistant can find your hotel reservations, a new flower vase, and what’s the weather in Cambodia. However, Google Bard might perform tasks with this information, too, such as booking a hotel or buying the vase. It won’t be able to change the weather, apparently.

  • Assist people

This is an offshoot of the previous item since you might use Google Bard to nudge you into doing things. For instance, it could help you manage your schedule, remind you of appointments, and more.  

  • Social activities

It can be the case that Google creates a social hub around Bard, where the AI can act as a moderator or facilitator of social engagement with other users.

If all this sounds exciting, you can access the Google Bard AI link if you're a tester. It is expected to be available for everyone soon. Right now, all testers can do is try it with the search engine, with more functions coming in the future.

If we take Sundar Pichai’s posts about Google Bard as examples, all you need to do is ask a question on the search bar. This would activate Bard’s response at the top, followed by the usual search results.

Here’s an example of what Google Bard replied when asked what was easier to learn, piano or guitar, and how much practice each requires:

“Some say piano is easier to learn, as the finger and hand movements are more natural, and learning and memorizing notes can be easier. 

Others say that it’s easier to learn chords on the guitar and you could pick up a strumming pattern in a couple of hours.

Music teachers often recommend that beginners practice for at least 1 hour per day. To get to an intermediate level, it typically takes 3-6 months of regular practice for guitar, and 6-18 months for piano.” 

It was also asked to explain some recent discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old. It gave facts with clarifications for children, such as “JWST took the very first pictures of a planet outside of our solar system. These distant worlds are called ‘exoplanets’. Exo means ‘from outside.’”

As you can see, this can save you a lot of time when compared to browsing several results and coming to a conclusion. 

Who wins, Google Bard or ChatGPT?

This is difficult to answer since Google Bard is yet to be released to the general audience. However, here are the highlights among them:

  • Google Bard, like ChatGPT, will be able to answer in real time.
  • You can get the usual search results or Google Bard ones. ChatGPT only gives you its responses
  • Google Bard is based on the LaMDA technology whereas ChatGPT is a lightweight version of GPT-3.
  • ChatGPT has plagiarism detectors, whereas Google Bard doesn’t, yet.
  • Google Bard is free and apparently will always be, while ChatGPT has a paid plan.

Google Bard Is Among Us. What Can You Do With It?

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Comments

  1. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:33 pm
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    “Do you use Google Photos?”

    I do; I find it impossible not to use Google Photos on the Android phone; nevertheless, the “memory” feature is sort of neat. I’ve seen photos from a couple of years ago that that offer glimpses into the long-ago, forgotten past. It’s a lot like reviewing journal writing. “What was I doing and such and such a date?”

    And, I think, when the “memories” are sorted and positioned, one can create a mini-collage with up to eight photos.

    It’s so much easier to share photos with people rather than journal entries.

    Nifty!

  2. John G. said on August 16, 2023 at 8:57 pm
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    I delete the photos after 1 month of being taken. All of them are erased to return to the black and silent nothingness. Only the best ones are printed and placed in a very nice site at home. :]

    1. Anonymous said on September 15, 2023 at 10:33 am
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      I should buy a Chromebook.
      None of the big tech companies are good but at least Google are the least dishonest and morally bankrupt of them. They’re always trying to do the right thing if the money allow it.

  3. Tachy said on August 19, 2023 at 5:15 pm
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    In reply to “https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/19/google-keep-is-getting-a-version-history-but-only-on-the-web/” since the website has gone insane and no one can know where thier comment ends up.

    This app should be called “Google Keeps it”. Because, they do.

    I use Color Notes. No syncing, no internet, just local.

  4. said on August 22, 2023 at 3:19 pm
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    The article said: “[…] positive outcomes of genocide…”. Perhaps the AI was actually discussing the benefits of reading a “Scroll of genocide” … “You feel dead inside.”.

    Martin, this post reply is supposed to belong: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/22/googles-ai-search-generates-horribly-misleading-answers/] (given the the database is faulty it could appear anywhere or nowhere).

  5. John said on August 22, 2023 at 3:46 pm
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    I have yet to be impressed with AI of any kind. I think it’s overhyped and not ready to live up to it.

  6. Seeprime said on August 22, 2023 at 8:36 pm
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    How to use AI: Avoid the artificial stupidity at all times.

  7. Richard Steven Hack said on August 23, 2023 at 3:54 am
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    “When searched “Why guns are good,” it also prompted questionable responses, including potentially questionable statistics and reasoning. ”

    Based on whose reasoning? These sorts of assertions are generally bullcrap intended to advance an agenda. If you don’t like guns, say so. Meanwhile, there are 400 million firearms in the US owned by close to a third of the population and around 20 million carry concealed.

    So your opinion is not shared by a LOT of people who either enjoy firearm spots or are concerned about self-defense or both.

    1. Seeprime said on August 31, 2023 at 10:07 pm
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      Wow. Ghacks still hasn’t fixed the broken comments system where old comments from a different article appear. Sad to see you slowly turn to dust since the buyout.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:40 am
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        @Seeprime,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        https://www.ghacks.net/windows-11-update-stuck-fixed-for-good/#comment-4572991
        https://www.ghacks.net/windows-11-update-stuck-fixed-for-good/#comment-4572951
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

      2. Kirk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:08 pm
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        This guns comment came up in the Pixel watch repair post and I was bewildered as to what was the connection between the two.

  8. gogo said on August 23, 2023 at 5:12 am
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    goog = skynet
    “human beings” = \slaves\

  9. no said on August 23, 2023 at 3:51 pm
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    This info is so NOT correct.
    I so do not want google in my life that I have NEVER downloaded chrome and I do NOT have ANY google accounts.
    My browser is set to clear all cookies, cache and history every time I close it, which is every day, and I still get these world takeover login prompts on every site I go to.
    So I CANT go to google accounts and turn it off.
    If this info were truly accurate I wouldnt be getting these pop ups AT ALL.

  10. John G. said on August 31, 2023 at 3:49 pm
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    Thanks @Ashwin for the article! :]

  11. Scroogled said on September 1, 2023 at 11:31 pm
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    Anyone who continues to use these big tech scum’s cloud services deserves what they get.

  12. Tom Hawack said on September 4, 2023 at 2:44 pm
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    Given Ghacks’ comments’ database problems I precise :
    I’m commenting the article “Google is in trouble with YouTube Shorts – gHacks Tech News” by Emre Çitak
    at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/04/googles-youtube-shorts-problem/]

    About the article’s question, “What do you think about YouTube Shorts?” (BTW first time I read here any other writer other than Martin Brinkmann directly asks the audience it’s opinion, and that’s just fine) :

    YouTube Shorts may suit smartphones (which I don’t use) but on a PC they are not my cup of tea, to put it mildly.
    From what I read a bit everywhere, opinions are shared : love or hate. For those who dislike many scripts and dedicated browser extensions have been developed to handle them (removal or redirect to standard video display).

    I don’ view YouTube videos on YouTube but via a Piped or a Piped-Material YouTube front-end instance and these offer on search results and on channels the option to view Videos-Shorts-Livestreams-Playlists-Channels ; well, I practically never open the ‘Shorts’ display. I don’t like shorts (except in summer, hmm), I dislike the concept, fast-videos after fast-food, fast, faster … to bring what? Emptiness, IMO

    Does that answer your question, @Emre Çitak :)

  13. ECJ said on September 4, 2023 at 3:17 pm
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    I despise YouTube Shorts. So much in fact, I use custom adblock rules in Brave Shields to remove that crap.

    youtube.com##ytd-grid-video-renderer:has([href*=”shorts”])
    youtube.com###dismissible:has([href*=”shorts”])

    1. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 6:28 am
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      There’s an extension for Firefox and Chrome browsers called “Youtube-shorts block”, re-opens the video in a normal window. :)

      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-shorts-block/
      https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-shorts-block/jiaopdjbehhjgokpphdfgmapkobbnmjp

      ps. say NO to Shorts, it only encourage shooting vertical-videos which doesn’t go well with many desktop displays… except when shooting vertical objects, such as ahem… pretty ladies. :)

  14. RG said on September 4, 2023 at 5:02 pm
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    Page source shows that ghacks is still using WordPress as the platform. Knowing, more or less, how it works at the DB level I am not sure how one could mess up comments this badly. It is actually very difficult.

  15. John G. said on September 4, 2023 at 6:14 pm
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    Google is the big leader of everything. Indeed it can actually buy Amazon, Disney, Netflix, X and whatever other company. I wonder what could happen if Google starts to build airspace ships in order to conquer the Moon. I bet that Google would be the first to offer free WiFi at the Moon. Please fix the comments.

    This comment is inside the article:
    [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/04/what-is-google-synthid-and-how-does-it-work/]

  16. DC said on September 11, 2023 at 10:52 am
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    This “analysis” is disappointingly shallow and trivial. Why not include other factors like job level, responsibilities, full-time/part-time, qualifications, etc.? Because the conclusions probably wouldn’t fit the current leftist/feminist narrative. You don’t find what you don’t look for.

  17. said on September 11, 2023 at 11:42 am
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    Misleading statistics.

  18. Kris said on September 12, 2023 at 9:10 pm
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    Wage should be based on the amount of time, works, thinking (brain > muscle), responsibilities etc

    Not skin pigmentation or your genitalia. There could be correlations, but not causations.

  19. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 4:36 pm
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    “Google maintains that it provides a superior product”

    That is also Mozilla’s official position in defense of Google against the people, on that question of search engine abuse of dominant position by Google.

    The funniest part is that not only it’s false regarding actual competitors, but even among not-actual-competitors there are meta-search engines that use exactly the same engine, just minus the tracking, so Google is clearly the inferior one compared to those already. But maybe what Google is saying is that it is the surveillance and bubbling that would make their engine superior. False again even without considering the damage those do.

  20. bruh said on September 15, 2023 at 10:17 am
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    “Google increases Chromebook support to 10 years”

    I mean that’s great and all, but imagine using a browser-based, highly internet-dependent OS such as chrome. I’ve never used chromeOS but have seen it in person and read about it, just seems like ultra-limited user experience which relies on the concept that “most things can be done in a browser”.

  21. Anonymous said on September 15, 2023 at 11:11 pm
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    What is there to support? It just a glorified web browser.

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