- Google CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned he used Google Bard to assist plan his father’s eightieth birthday.
- Pichai mentioned he first used the tech that powers Bard two years in the past and had an “unsettling” expertise.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he is begun incorporating the corporate’s AI chatbot, Bard, into his on a regular basis life and even used it to assist plan his father’s eightieth celebration.
“I feel the world the place it shines probably the most is asking questions,” Pichai mentioned in a latest interview with The New York Occasions on its Onerous Fork podcast.
The CEO mentioned he requested the chatbot: “What do I do with my dad on an eightieth birthday?” Pichai mentioned Bard advised him he ought to make a scrapbook for the occasion.
“It isn’t that it is profound, but it surely says issues and type of sparks the creativeness,” Pichai advised the Occasions.
The Google CEO mentioned he thinks the chatbot works finest in two classes: while you ask it one thing enjoyable and artistic or in case you ask it a couple of topic the place you’ve gotten experience and might extra correctly parse the reply.
Pichai mentioned he first started utilizing LaMDA, the expertise that powers Bard, about two years in the past and had a “fascinating” and “type of unsettling” expertise with this system on the time.
“The way in which we primed it was ‘Think about you had been Pluto as a planet,'” Pichai mentioned. “And I keep in mind enjoying round with my son at house speaking to LaMDA backwards and forwards. And there have been a few conversations you actually obtained deeply into it being Pluto. As a result of Pluto is much out in house, it turned actually lonely.”
The CEO mentioned the chatbot’s response to the immediate on the time made him really feel “unhappy” speaking to it.
In 2021, Google shared a demo video of LaMDA answering questions whereas pretending to be Pluto, in addition to a paper airplane.
Pichai’s expertise echoes related tales from early customers of Google’s competitor, Microsoft’s Bing AI chatbot. Earlier this 12 months, some beta testers of the software program reported that the OpenAI-powered chatbot had performed all the pieces from threaten to declare its love for customers.
Final 12 months, a Google engineer mentioned he believed LaMDA had change into sentient and in contrast it to an 8-year-old youngster. However consultants on the time advised Insider it is simple for the thoughts to play tips on folks in the case of coping with chatbots designed to sound human.
In March, quite a few tech executives, together with Elon Musk, signed a letter that referred to as for a six-month pause on AI growth. Pichai advised the Occasions he understands the issues folks have, however stays optimistic about AI expertise. The CEO mentioned Google’s chatbot will quickly be upgraded and powered by “extra succesful fashions.”
“I really feel like we took a souped-up Civic, type of put it in a race with extra highly effective automobiles. And what shocked me is how effectively it does on many, many, many lessons of queries,” Pichai mentioned throughout the podcast.
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