Get ready for more ways to use Bard, Google’s artificial intelligence chatbot and competitor to ChatGPT. Bard can now integrate with and retrieve information from your Google apps like Gmail, Docs, YouTube and more, according to a Tuesday blog post by the company.
These “Bard extensions” will make it easier to find information across multiple Google tools and apps, according to the post written by Yury Pinsky, director of product management for Bard.
“For example, if you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon (a project that takes up many tabs), you can now ask Bard to pull the dates that work for everyone from Gmail, real-time flight and hotel information, view directions to the airport in Google Maps and even watch YouTube videos about what to do there – all in one conversation.”
On the privacy front, Google said it’s up to you if you want to enable the new extensions and how you want to use them.
The company also announced that double-checking Bard’s answers will now be easier with a “Google It” button. From Tuesday the answers will be in English.
Google said the new capabilities of its chatbot were made possible by updates to PaLM 2, its language processing system.
Google launched the Bard AI chatbot in March this year, following ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing AI search, which uses ChatGPT. CNET broke down ChatGPT, Bing, and Google Bard to find out which is most useful.
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