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Google plans to add a Bard chatbot to ChromeOS, naming it Brad so no one will guess

Subject matter experts have found out that Google plans to add the Bard chatbot to ChromeOS as an experimental option called Conversational Search (“Conversational search” or search during a conversation with AI).

Google developers added an experimental "Conversational Search" feature to the ChromeOS test source code and identified the name of the AI ​​responsible for this. True, in this case, Google did not go straight, but gave the option the name Brad (Brad), which seems like a playful, deliberate misspelling of Bard (Bard).

In the new test version of ChromeOS, if the user has the Conversational Search flag enabled, then ChromeOS will abandon the built-in functions of the regular search launcher, which searches for files, applications and documents on the Internet, and will replace them with the Bard chat bot.

Subject matter experts explained that Bard implementation is still at an early stage of development, so it is possible that many of the test options associated with it will still be adjusted by Google before March or the date when the chatbot is planned to be deployed on user systems.

Industry experts expect Bard in ChromeOS to appear as a standalone OS pop-up launcher page and could even replace the Google Assistant service.

On February 10, 2023, Google Senior Vice President and Head of Google Search Prabhakar Raghavan warned users about the "hallucinating" current versions of AI-based chatbots. In his opinion, one should not completely trust the answers of chatbots, since some of them may be invented, and solution manufacturers do not check the information generated by bots as part of fact-checking.

On February 6, 2023, Google introduced its counterpart to ChatGPT, an experimental conversational AI service called Bard. After that, astronomers and astrophysicists said that Google's Bard chatbot made a factual error during the first demonstration of its use. His response states that the James Webb telescope took the very first pictures of an exoplanet outside the solar system. But it's not. The first image of an exoplanet was taken in 2004 by the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile using adaptive optics.

Subject matter experts explained to the media that instead of querying a database of verified facts to answer questions, chatbots learn from huge arrays of text and analyze patterns to determine which word should be placed next in any given sentence. In other words, they are probabilistic, not deterministic. Because of this, some in the industry consider chatbots to be “bullshit generators.” According to experts, the Internet is already full of false and misleading information, but the problem is exacerbated by the strong desire of Microsoft and Google to use chatbots as search engines. As a result, ChatGPT and Bard's responses will soon gain the credibility of a potential all-knowing machine once these projects are released into the public domain.

It is noteworthy that after the hasty and, as it turned out, not entirely successful presentation of the Bard chatbot, Google employees criticized the actions of the head of the company, Sundar Pichai, in an internal forum, calling them hasty, disastrous and comically short-sighted. It turned out that the presentation was made in such a hurry that many company employees found out about it at the last moment, and the host of the event did not have the necessary gadgets for the demonstration at hand and he had to improvise in front of the invited clients.

Google plans to add a Bard chatbot to ChromeOS, naming it Brad so no one will guess