Similar to ChatGPT, Google is testing LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) technology, report says.
According to sources cited by CNBC, the tech giant is testing a chatbot called “Apprentice Bard” as part of new AI-powered chat products, where employees can ask questions and receive detailed answers similar to ChatGPT. There is also a new search desktop design that may be used in a question-and-answer format.
The testing comes after an all-hands meeting where staff members raised concerns about the company’s AI competitive edge in light of the recent success of ChatGPT, an AI made by OpenAI, a startup financed by Microsoft.
Additionally, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is developing a project named Atlas under its cloud division as a “code red” response to ChatGPT, the large-language chatbot that caught the public off guard.
It also claimed that Apprentice Bard, which mimics ChatGPT, has a feature that allows answers to include recent occurrences, which ChatGPT does not yet have.
One internal memo seen by CNBC claimed that “As a result of ChatGPT, the LaMDA team has been directed to prioritise working on a response to ChatGPT.”
The email stated, “In the short term, it takes precedence over other projects.”
Apprentice Bard replaced “Meena,” a previous iteration of a smart chatbot that had been introduced internally but was subsequently canceled, says the report.