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Google Bard new features timeline – latest updates

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Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on October 2, 2023
Google Bard new features & latest updates
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What’s new to Google Bard? This “big three” AI chatbot rivals OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing Chat. The artificial intelligence of Bard’s responses adds generative AI capabilities alongside the Google search engine. With large language models (LLM’s) developing faster than ever before, allow us to demystify the lastest updates in this Google Bard new features timeline.

What’s new? – Google Bard new features

The latest addition to Google Bard, as of the 27th of September, 2023, allow Bard to produce two different responses to the same prompt. This allows users to select the best result (as defined by themselves) thereby training the model with human feedback, in the same way Midjourney has already mastered.

Google Bard experiment update: 09/27/23

A new way to help Bard improve

  • What: We’ve added a new way for you to give feedback. When Bard occasionally responds with two drafts side by side, select the draft you prefer. You can also indicate no preference or opt out entirely.
  • Why: Real-world feedback helps Bard improve the quality of its responses. Your feedback on Bard drafts contributes to making Bard better for yourself and others.
Google Bard updates changelog

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Google AI has sparked curiosity across the breadth of the world, lead by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. The latest version of LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) and proprietary PaLM LLM (Large Language Model) make Googles AI services some of the best in the world. So, what makes them so good?

What are the latest Google Bard updates?
What are the latest Google Bard updates?

Google Bard updates timeline

The following updates are quoted from Google itself – after all, who could phrase it better?

September 19th 2023 update

PC Guide summary: Reinforcement learning from human feedback (RLHF) has enhanced the quality and accuracy of responses. Bard is integrated with new apps such as Google Drive and information sources like Google Maps, through extensions that can be disabled. You can easily double-check the accuracy of Bards output, using Google Search, as well as continue conversations that were shared to you via a link. These are this dates Google Bard new features, explained in full:

Introducing Bard’s most capable model yet

  • What: Your feedback has accelerated Bard’s ability to be more intuitive, imaginative and responsive than ever before. Whether you want to collaborate on something playful and creative, start in one language and continue in up to 40+ other languages, ask for in-depth coding assistance, or learn about new topics from different points of view, Bard can help you explore possibilities with greater quality and accuracy.
  • Why: We believe in rapid iteration and bringing the best of Bard to the world. Your feedback has helped unlock the most capable version of Bard yet for stronger collaboration in languages and countries all over the world.

Bard can now access helpful information from Google apps and services

  • What: Starting in English, Bard can now retrieve and help you work with real-time info from Maps, YouTube, Hotels and Flights. You can pull together what you need across information sources and bring ideas to life easier and faster. These extensions are enabled by default, and you can disable them at any time.
  • Why: Just about everything we do in life involves a bit of gathering information and planning. Bard makes it easy to work together across even more sources, so you can keep your ideas moving forwards.

Collaborate with Bard on your content in Gmail, Docs and Drive

  • What: Starting in English, you can enable Bard to interact with information from your Gmail, Docs and Drive so you can find, summarise and answer questions across your personal content. Your Google Workspace data won’t be used to train Bard’s public model and you can disable access to it at any time.
  • Why: Now, you can collaborate not only with the world’s information, but also with your own, all in one place, with Bard as your creative partner.

Double-check Bard’s responses with Google It v2

  • What: With the power of Google Search, the [G] button can help you double-check Bard’s AI-generated responses. Starting with English, when a statement can be evaluated, you’ll see it highlighted in Bard’s response and can click to learn more.
  • Why: People are using AI tools to more easily understand complex topics in new ways. As you continue your learning journeys with Bard, it’s important that you feel more confident in the information generated with AI.

Build off conversations shared with you

  • What: When someone shares a Bard conversation with you through Bard’s public link sharing feature, you can continue that conversation in your account and build off what they started.
  • Why: Creativity is often inspired by the work of others, and the more ideas we have to work with, the more likely we are to come up with something truly innovative. That’s why we’re making it easier for you to use conversations shared by others as a starting point for your own creative explorations.

More features are available in all supported languages

  • What: You can upload images with Google Lens, get Google Search images in responses, and modify Bard’s responses to be simpler, longer, shorter, more professional, or more casual in all supported languages.
  • Why: Having the option to modify responses to better meet your needs gives you more control over your creative process. Using images as part of prompts unlocks a new level of creativity, and having images as part of responses can help bring ideas to life.

July 13th 2023 update

PC Guide summary: The number of supported languages Bard can use (input/output) has been increased to 40+, as well as the number of territories the service is accessible from. Google Bard is now multimodal, and can accept image inputs. Continue previous conversations with the chatbot, or share them with other people to continue on their account. Programming capabilities have also improved, allowing you to export Python code to popular development platforms. These are this dates Google Bard new features, explained in full:

Bard is available in new places and languages

  • What: Bard is now available in over 40 new languages including Arabic, Chinese (simplified/traditional), German, Hindi, Spanish and more. We have also expanded access to more places, including all 27 countries in the European Union (EU) and Brazil.
  • Why: Bard is global and is intended to help you to explore possibilities. Our English, Japanese and Korean support helped us to learn how to launch languages responsibly, enabling us to now support the majority of language coverage on the Internet.

Google Lens in Bard

  • What: You can upload images alongside text in your conversations with Bard, allowing you to boost your imagination and creativity in completely new ways. To make this happen, we’re bringing the power of Google Lens into Bard, starting with English.
  • Why: Images are a fundamental part of how we put our imagination to work, so we’ve added Google Lens to Bard. Whether you want more information about an image or need inspiration for a funny caption, you now have even more ways to explore and create with Bard.

Bard can read responses out loud

  • What: We’re adding text-to-speech capabilities to Bard in over 40 languages, including Hindi, Spanish and US English.
  • Why: Sometimes hearing something out loud helps you to bring an idea to life in new ways beyond reading it. Listen to responses and see what it helps you to imagine and create!

Pinned and recent threads

  • What: You can now pick up where you left off with your past Bard conversations and organise them according to your needs. We’ve added the ability to pin conversations, rename them and have multiple conversations going at once.
  • Why: The best ideas take time, sometimes multiple hours or days to create. Keep your threads and pin your most critical threads to keep your creative process flowing.

Share your Bard conversations with others

  • What: We’ve made it easier to share part or all of your Bard chat with others. Shareable links make seeing your chat and any sources just a click away so others can seamlessly view what you’ve created with Bard.
  • Why: Sometimes, it’s hard to hold back a new idea. We wanted to make it easier for you to share your creations to inspire others, unlock your creativity and show your collaborative process.

Modify Bard’s responses

  • What: We’re introducing five new options to help you modify Bard’s responses. Just tap to make the response simpler, longer, shorter, more professional or more casual.
  • Why: When a response is close enough but needs a tweak, we’re making it easier to get you closer to your desired creation.

Export Python code to Replit

  • What: We’re continuing to expand Bard’s export capabilities for code. You can now export Python code to Replit, in addition to Google Colab.
  • Why: Streamline your workflow and continue your programming tasks by moving Bard interactions into Replit.

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