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Google Bard vs. ChatGPT4: Exploring the Future of AI Chatbots

Updated: Feb 21

With the launch of ChatGPT last year, the popularity of AI chatbots has sky-rocketed! OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has enjoyed a competitive advantage thus far being the first to market. However, that may soon change with competition from Google. In this blog post we will compare the two AI chatbots, and see which one ranks best and why!

What the heck is Google Bard?!


On March 21st Google launched "Google Bard", it's very own AI Chatbot. Google Bard is a cutting-edge AI chatbot developed by Google AI. It is powered by a large language model (LLM) that has been trained on an extensive dataset of text and code, including books, articles, code, and scripts [1]. Google Bard is designed to offer users a seamless experience in finding answers to their questions and generating high-quality content.


Google Bard's key features include:

  1. Internet Access: Bard can access the most up-to-date information from the web, ensuring that responses generated are current and relevant [2].

  2. Google Search Integration: Bard is integrated with Google's search engine [2]. When users click “Google it” they are able to explore a broader range of interests with more related topics.

  3. High Accuracy: Due to its massive training dataset, Bard is aiming to be known for providing accurate responses to users' queries [3]. However, it's worth noting that since its launch Bard has faced several issues around AI Hallucination (AI output that is either factually incorrect or unrelated to the given context) and plagiarism, to name a few.

To access Google Bard go to https://bard.google.com/ , join the waitlist by signing into your Google Account. Take note you will need a personal Google Account, you must be over 18, and right now it seems Bard is only available in the US & UK.


ChatGPT-4: For those living under a rock 😉


ChatGPT-4 is OpenAI's AI chatbot that understands user queries and generates text responses accordingly. ChatGPT-4 is integrated into Microsoft Bing and offers a text and image-based chatbot experience [4]. ChatGPT-4 is based on the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4 (GPT-4) language model, which is the latest version of the GPT series.


ChatGPT-4 key features include:

  1. Multi-modal Capabilities: GPT-4 can process and understand different types of data, such as text, images, audio, and video. Although multi-modal capability is not yet publicly available on ChatGPT-4, it is expected to deliver a more immersive and interactive user experience once these features are released.

  2. Larger Dataset: The GPT-4 AI model was trained on a massive amount of text data - as much as a rumored 100 trillion parameters - with more parameters, the model has a greater capacity to learn from the data it is trained on, and therefore can generate more accurate and human-like responses [5].

  3. High Accuracy: ChatGPT-4 was trained on a more diverse range of data than its predecessors including more data from non-English languages. According to OpenAI, ChatGPT-4 is "40% more likely to produce factual responses than GPT-3.5" [5]. However, ChatGPT4 uses data collected up to September 2021, which may impact its ability to provide the most recent information.

To access ChatGPT-4 go to https://chat.openai.com/ and sign up for a free account which will give you access to ChatGPT-3.5. In order to use ChatGPT-4, users have to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus, a $20 monthly subscription, for premium access to the service.



Google Bard vs. ChatGPT4: Comparing the AI Chatbots


When comparing Google Bard and ChatGPT4, several key differences are worth considering:

  1. Data Sources: Google Bard has access to the internet enabling it to provide users with current and relevant information. In contrast, ChatGPT-4 relies on data from 2021, which limits its ability to deliver the most recent information.

  2. Accuracy: Google Bard is generally considered more accurate than ChatGPT4 due to its extensive training on a larger dataset of text and code [3]. This increased accuracy can be beneficial for users who require precise and reliable information.

  3. Integration: Google Bard's integration with Google's search engine offers users a more streamlined experience in finding information online. Meanwhile, ChatGPT-4 is integrated into Microsoft Bing Chat, offering users an alternative platform for their AI chatbot needs.

  4. Availability: Google Bard is currently available only to a limited number of users, making it less accessible to the public. On the other hand, ChatGPT4 is available to the general public via a monthly subscription, alternatively ChatGPT-3.5 is FREE.


Conclusion


Both Google Bard and ChatGPT-4 offer innovative features and capabilities that cater to different users' needs. Bard's internet access and high-accuracy will appeal to users who require up-to-date and reliable info. However, its limited availability could be a deal-breaker for some users.


ChatGPT-4, with its public availability and multi-modal functionality on Bing, offers a more convenient AI chatbot experience. While it may not provide the most recent information due to its data limitations, it still delivers a robust chatbot experience for users exploring AI for the first time.


As the AI chatbot landscape continues to evolve, users can expect these platforms to improve and offer more advanced features and enhanced user experiences. Whether you choose Google Bard or ChatGPT4, both chatbots offer valuable insights into the future potential of AI and its future applications.


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