As the popularity of AI-powered chatbots grows, Google aims to stay ahead of the competition by adding direct answers to its search engine.
According to CNBC, the search bar may soon include a “small chat logo” on the right side of the search field, as well as five different hints for potential questions below the bar, which will replace the “I’m Feeling Lucky” and “Search Google” buttons. This move attempts to get people to test the built-in AI chatbot feature like Microsoft Bing recently teased.
Google is also exploring new chatbot products, which may impact future users. The company is developing “Atlas,” a cloud unit project, as well as “Apprentice Bard,” a chatbot that uses Google’s conversation engine LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications). Similarly to ChatGPT, the chatbot allows users to ask questions and receive thorough responses. The company is testing it with employees by making them ask questions to train it.
Following an all-hands meeting where employees raised concerns about the company’s competitiveness in AI in the wake of ChatGPT‘s popularity, the company has been asking more employees for feedback on the AI efforts in recent weeks. Google’s AI chief, Jeff Dean, informed staff that providing inaccurate information has a greater “reputational risk,” hence the company is proceeding with caution. He and Pichai, however, suggested that Google may provide similar products to the public later this year.
With Google’s focus on AI, the company will likely continue to make advancements in this sector, increasing its competitiveness and providing users with a better search experience. The addition of direct search engine responses and the development of chatbots such as Apprentice Bard show Google’s determination to stay ahead of the competition and be a leader in the AI business.