Google expands reach of Bard AI chatbot to teens with focus on learning tools

Google publicly released its Bard AI chatbot in March to take on OpenAI’s hugely popular rival ChatGPT. Initially available only through a waiting list in the US and UK, the generative AI-supported chatbot was later launched in 180 countries and territories, including India, at Google’s annual I/O conference in Mountain View, California in May. Since then, Bard has continued to evolve by adding new features and language support in various areas. Now, Google is expanding Bard’s reach by bringing the chatbot to teens.

In its blog post on Wednesday, the search engine giant said it is opening up access to Bard to teens in most countries around the world. “Teens in countries who meet the minimum age requirement to manage their own Google Account will be able to access Bard in English, with more to come over time,” Tulsi Doshi, product lead at Responsible AI, said in the post. Languages ​​will come.”

Google is pitching Bard as an assistive learning tool for young users, saying they can use the chatbot to help with schoolwork, university applications and learning new hobbies and activities. The company said Bard can help students come up with ideas for science projects or learn more about specific time periods in history.

In an effort to make learning interactive, Bard will now include a math learning experience, in which users can simply type or upload a picture of a math equation, and Bard walks them through step-by-step how to solve the problem. The step will generate clarification. Apart from math problems, the AI ​​chatbot will also bring data visualization tools to help students create charts and tables. Both of these features are now live, initially available in English only.

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Bard can now solve match equations
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In the past year, as artificial intelligence strengthened its presence by integrating with the apps and devices people use, the emerging technology has also begun to draw scrutiny over its harmful effects. As Google opens up its chatbot to younger users, it says the focus remains on responsible AI use. The company said it consulted with child safety and development experts to ensure the Bard experience remains safe for teens.

The teens themselves shared feedback directly with Google on how to use generative AI. The company has also developed an onboarding experience for teens at Bard that includes its AI literacy guide and a new video with tips on using generative AI responsibly. Additionally, Google has trained its chatbots to identify content and topics that may be inappropriate for teens, as well as put in place safeguards to prevent unsafe content from showing up in barred responses.

Bard recently got a suite of new features as Google struggles to catch up with rival chatbots ChatGPIT and Microsoft’s Bing Chat. These include the ability to fact-check its answers and analyze users’ personal Google data, creating greater synergy between Bard and other Google products.

The Bard extension enables users to import their data from other Google apps like Google Drive or Gmail. Jack Krawczyk, Google’s senior product director, said in September that the company is also working with external partners to connect its applications to Bard in the future. Bard is also sensitive to “hallucinations” or incorrect answers to user questions. With the new update, the chatbot admits when it’s not sure about its responses.

While Bard continues to expand reach, it still has a long way to go in its popularity race with ChatGPT. In August, Google’s chatbot recorded 183 million visits, which is 13 percent of the number ChatGPT received, according to website analytics firm SimilarWeb. Meanwhile, OpenAI’s tool, continues to lead AI chatbot charges 100 million weekly users.

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