Google Enhances Bard with Additional Features, Introducing Plug-in, Fact-checking, and More


Google Unveils Bard AI Chatbot Upgrade, Featuring Tailored Responses, Bard Extensions, and Enhanced ‘Google It’ Integration with Google Apps and Services.

Google announced a series of enhancements for its generative AI chatbot, Bard, on Tuesday. These enhancements encompass tailored responses, Bard extensions, and an upgraded ‘Google It’ button, all aimed at optimizing Bard’s integration with Google’s suite of applications and services.

With these latest Bard updates, users can now verify Bard’s responses, collaborate on Bard conversations with others, and seamlessly incorporate Bard into various Google applications and services, including Gmail, Docs, Drive, Maps, YouTube, Google Flights, and hotel services. Moreover, Google is extending Bard’s availability to over 40 languages.

In its official blog post, Google stated, ‘Today we’re introducing Bard’s most advanced model yet. Bard now seamlessly integrates with Google applications and services to provide more helpful responses. Additionally, we’ve enhanced the ‘Google it’ feature to enable users to fact-check Bard’s answers and expanded its features to more regions.

Key Features:

  1. Bard Extensions: Bard can now access and display information from Google apps such as Maps, YouTube, Hotels, and Flights. This streamlines the process of gathering information from multiple sources and realizing creative ideas. These extensions are enabled by default but can be disabled by users at any time.
  2. Integration with Gmail, Docs & Drive: Bard can interact with content from Gmail, Docs, and Drive, enabling users to find, summarize, and address queries related to their personal content. Importantly, Google Workspace data is not used to train Bard’s public model, and users have the option to disable this feature.
  3. Response Verification: Bard now utilizes Google Search to assist users in verifying its responses. If Bard’s reply can be evaluated, the relevant section is highlighted, allowing users to click on it for more information.
  4. Conversation Sharing: Bard now enables users to share conversations, making it easier to use others’ conversations as a foundation for creative explorations. When someone shares a Bard conversation through a public link, the recipient can continue the conversation in their own account and build upon it.
  5. Enhanced ‘Google It’ Button: Google has improved the ‘Google It’ button, making it simpler for users to fact-check Bard’s responses. When users click on the ‘G’ icon, Bard examines the response and checks if there is supporting or contradictory information available on the web, which users can access by clicking on highlighted phrases.
  6. Image Prompt: Users now have the ability to upload images with Google Lens, receive Google Search images in responses, and adjust Bard’s responses to be simpler, longer, shorter, more professional, or more casual, all in the supported languages.

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