Google’s Bard, Now Open For Access In The US And The UK

After the long wait, Google is now opening access to Bard to those in the US and the UK.
Marie Aquino
March 23, 2023

After the long wait, Google is now opening access to Bard to those in the US and the UK. According to Google, Bard can be used to boost productivity, accelerate ideas, and fuel curiosity. You can use Bard to give you tips to reach your goal of reading more books this year, explain quantum physics in simple terms or spark your creativity by outlining a blog post. There are many uses to Bard, and according to Google, they are just getting started.

What Is Bard?

To start, let us talk about Large Language Models or LLMs. A Large Language Model is a deep learning algorithm that can recognize, summarize, translate, predict, and generate text and other content based on knowledge gained from massive datasets. The algorithm is not just for AI chatbots, which has gained so much popularity nowadays, it is also used in healthcare, software development, and in many other fields. (Source: Nvidia Blog)

Think of an LLM as a prediction engine. When given a prompt, it generates a response by selecting, one word at a time, from words that are likely to come next, with some flexibility factored in for more creative responses.

The more people that uses the LLMs, the more they get better at predicting what responses might be helpful. However, LLMs have their faults. Since they learn from a wide range of information, they can reflect real-world biases and stereotypes, and they can also provide inaccurate, misleading or false information.

Bard is powered by an LLM, specifically, a lightweight and optimized version of LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), Google’s own conversational LLM. It is designed as an interface to an LLM that enables users to collaborate with generative AI.

Google sees Bard as useful in supporting productivity, creativity and curiosity — acting as a user’s creative and helpful collaborator. It is a complementary experience to Google Search and it is designed so that you can easily visit Search to check its responses or explore sources across the web.

Bard is guided by Google’s AI Principles, which is committed to developing technology responsible. Google is focused on quality and safety which is why they are using human feedback and evaluation to improve their systems. The company has began testing the chatbot by giving access to their employees, opening access to Google Pixel Superfans, and now, at a larger scale, to those in the US and the UK.

Want to try Bard and see how it compares to it’s rivals? You can sign up to try Bard at Access has began rolling out in the US and UK, and will be expanding over time to more countries and languages.

Have you signed up and tried Bard yet? How has been your experience so far? Let us know what you think in our SEOIntel Discord Group.

Read more on Google’s blog post on trying out Bard and get to learn more about Bard in this Bard documentation.