Google opens early access to Bard,  AI chatbot

By Marco Christiansen | Jun 21, 2021


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Google just announced that the company is releasing its ChatGPT competitor Bard. But chances are you won’t be able to access the product right away as the company is starting with a limited public rollout.

Users in the U.K. and the U.S. can head over to and join a waitlist. The company calls Bard an “early experiment that lets you collaborate with generative AI.” 

Like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing chatbot, Bard is a chatbot based on a large language model. 

The model used in Bard is based on Google’s own LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) — the company is using a lightweight and optimized version of LaMDA. 

You can use Bard to boost your productivity, accelerate your ideas and fuel your curiosity. You might ask Bard to give you tips to reach your goal of reading more books this year, 

When Google first unveiled Bard last month, there wasn’t much to see other than a lengthy blog post written by Google CEO Sundar Pichai 

In a conference in Paris, Google explained that Bard would work particularly well for “NORA” queries  

Google shared a few screenshots of its chatbot product.  

Unlike Microsoft’s Bing chatbot, Bard doesn’t have footnotes with web sources. Those footnotes can help you check the accuracy of the answer. 

If you aren’t satisfied with Bard’s answer, Google also gives you the ability to view more answers for the same query. You have to click in the top-right corner named “View other drafts” to load more answers. 

Today’s limited release of Bard is the first step of a long process. It’s going to be interesting to see how people interact with the product when the product becomes more widely available,  

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