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ChatGPT & AI Chatbots

Module 8. Using Bard

Bard is Google’s AI chatbot, which is powered by Google’s Pathway Language Model (PaLM). If you have been using ChatGPT, you should also try Bard so that you can experience how these two competitors compare. One of the primary differences is the knowledge base that underlies them. ChatGPT was trained on data up through 2021. Bard, on the other hand, can access the Internet and thereby obtain resources up through the current day. Here is more on how Bard works:

To use Bard, you go here:

If you do not yet have a Bard login, follow the onscreen instructions to create one. If you get a message telling you “Bard isn’t supported for this account”, that means your Google Workspace Administrator has not yet permitted Bard for use in your local domain. To work around this, use Chrome to start an Incognito window where you can try again using your generic Gmail account.

After you get logged in, Bard will display a field in which you type a message telling Bard what you want. This message is called a prompt. Like ChatGPT, having a productive experience with Bard relies upon your learning how to write an effective prompt. The art of creating effective prompts is called prompt engineering. Here are some tips about writing effective Bard prompts:

As you might expect in a chatbot from Google, Bard integrates with your Google Docs and Gmail. Scroll down the following help page to see how to export Bard responses to other Google projects:

Here is Google’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) page about Bard:

Bard is an experiment that keeps getting new features. For the latest, see:

Here is a ten-minute recap of Google AI including Bard and other products debuted at Google IO 2023: