Google’s AI Chatbot Bard Makes A $100 Billion Mistake Before Even Being Launched to The Public

By: | February 9th, 2023

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With AI poised to be the next big thing, tech giants like Google and Microsoft are racing to be at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology by getting their AI-powered products to the market.

AI chatbots are quickly being integrated into search engines. Microsoft thinks AI can beat Google at search, but Google wants to preserve its two-decade dominance of web search.

Microsoft-backed OpenAI released its AI chatbot – ChatGPT for public testing last December.

Now, in an apparent bid to play catch up with Microsoft in the AI chatbot field, Google also unveiled Bard earlier this week to compete with the viral success of ChatGPT.

But Google’s parent company Alphabet made a costly blunder in its haste!

To answer a question, Bard mentioned that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) took the very first photos of a planet outside of our solar system. But JWST did not take the very first image of a planet beyond our solar system.

According to NASA, the first image of an exoplanet or any planet beyond our solar system was taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope nearly two decades ago, in 2004.

The incorrect response was first spotted by astrophysicist Grant Tremblay and then reported by Reuters and the New Scientist.

BARD’s mistake proved costly to Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet’s shares dropped by 7.7 percent on Wall Street on Wednesday, crashing its valuation by about $100 billion due to concerns around the competency of Bard.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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