Google announced at its annual developer conference, Google I/O, that its conversational generative AI chatbot, Bard, is now available in over 180 countries, including India. Sissie Hsiao, Vice President at Google and General Manager of the Google Assistant’s business unit, revealed that Bard can now interact with users in Japanese and Korean, and it will soon be available in 40 more languages.
To make Bard more publicly accessible, Google has lifted most of the queue restrictions for the chatbot, which was originally launched as a response to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The English version of Bard is now open to a larger group of users, enabling it to learn from a wider audience. Indian users who are interested in trying out the AI chatbot can sign up on the Google Bard website.
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, shared that the company is “rapidly evolving” Bard. It now supports a variety of programming languages, and it is much more adept at answering logic and math-based questions. Pichai added that Bard is currently fully operational on PaLM 2, the new large language model (LLM) from Google that powers the upgraded chat feature.
Developers can now access PaLM 2 via the Google PaLM API, Firebase, and Colab. Pichai stated that PaLM 2 is better at logic and reasoning, has comprehensive training in scientific and mathematical subjects, and can comprehend over 100 languages. The PaLM 2 models also have endearing names like Gecko, Otter, Bison, and Unicorn. According to Pichai, the lightweight Gecko model can function on mobile devices even when they are not connected.
PaLM 2’s wide capabilities could benefit developers globally, and it even includes tools that enable employees to communicate with coworkers who speak different languages. Google is unveiling more than 25 products and services that use PaLM 2, demonstrating its commitment to advancing AI technology and enhancing user experience.