Google opens Bard AI chatbot to teenagers after implementing guardrails

Google is unlocking access to the Bard, the AI ​​conversation tool, among teenagers in most countries around the world. Young people who meet the minimum age requirement to manage their own Google Account will be able to access the chatbot in English, with support for additional languages ​​coming in the future. The expanded launch has “safety features and guardrails” to protect teenagers, Google said.

The search giant said in a blog post that teenagers can use the tool to “find inspiration, discover new hobbies and solve everyday problems.” Young people can ask Bard questions about important topics, such as which universities apply, or about more fun topics, such as how to learn a new sport.

Google notes that Bard is also a useful learning tool, as it allows teenagers to dig deeper into topics and help them better understand complex concepts. For example, you can ask Bard to help you come up with an idea for your science fair, or explore your history by learning about a specific time period. Google is also bringing a math learning experience to Bard, allowing anyone, including teenagers, to type or upload a picture of a math equation. Instead of just spitting out the answer to a math equation, Bard shares a step-by-step explanation of how to solve it.

In addition, Bard can help with data visualization, which means it can generate charts from tables or data included in a prompt. For example, a teen might ask Bard to create a bar chat to show how many hours they’ve volunteered in the past few months so they can get a visual understanding.

Google has opened access to the chatbot with some guardrails in place to protect users. Bard is trained to identify content inappropriate for teenagers and has guardrails designed to help prevent unsafe content, such as illegal or age-gated substances, from showing up. its answers to teenagers.

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“We also recognize that many people, including teenagers, are not always aware of the hallucinations of LLMs. So the first time a teenager asks a question based on reality, we automatically run our double-check answer part, which helps evaluate whether there is content across the web to verify Bard’s answer,” Tulsee Doshi, Google’s product lead for Responsible AI, wrote in the blog post. “Soon, this feature will run automatically when any new Bard user asks their first real question. And for teens, we’ll actively recommend using the double check to help them develop information literacy and critical thinking skills.

Google’s decision to release Bard to teenagers comes as social platforms launch AI chatbots among young users with mixed results. For example, Snapchat launched its “My AI” chatbot in February and faced controversy for doing so out of hand. age-gating featuresbecause the chatbot was found chatting with minors about topics like covering up the smell of weed and getting in the mood for sex.

When teens access Bard for the first time, they go through an onboarding experience that includes resources and videos with tips on how to use generative AI responsibly. The onboarding experience will also give teens the option to turn it on or off.

Today’s announcement comes just weeks after Google opened up its creative AI search experience to teenagers. The AI-powered search experience, also known as SGE (Search Generative Experience), introduces a conversational mode to Google Search where you can ask Google about a topic in a conversational way.

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