What is the Difference Between ChatGPT and Google Bard?

What is the Difference Between ChatGPT and Google Bard?

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Updated on Jul 18, 2023 11:45 IST

Discover the difference between ChatGPT and Google Bard, two advanced language models that can transform natural language processing as we know it.


Google recently announced Bard, its AI Chat service that will compete directly with Open AI’s ChatGPT. Bard is currently in the testing and will be available to the public in the coming weeks. This blog will examine the distinctions between Google Bard and ChatGPT.

Since their debut, Google Bard and Bing ChatGPT have taken the world by storm. While Bing ChatGPT takes the current lead by embedding a conversational AI Chatbot in the search bar, Google Bard is not far behind. 

This will change how search engines work, as users will receive a summary of answers rather than just links. Search engines will become more interactive and engage in conversations with users.

However, the question remains: which should you use? Is one of these AI better than the other at certain tasks? Is one more correct? Or are they essentially the same, except that one is Microsoft and the other is Google? 

Let’s answer these questions by comparing both AIs to see which one you should use.

Who has the initial advantage: Google Bard or ChatGPT?

For the first time in search history, Bing ChatGPT had taken the lead by incorporating conversational-style answers before Google Bard was even released. To compete with Microsoft, Google had to issue a Code Red alert. ChatGPT has reportedly received 100 million visits to date.  While Google Bard is still in beta, Bing ChatGPT has already invited the public to join its waitlist and is gradually rolling out.

Reports show Bing’s traffic has increased since the ChatGPT integration’s announcement.

Which is more accurate: ChatGPT Answers or Google Bard Answers?

Bing ChatGPT provides accurate answers while also providing links to the source of the summary. On the other hand, Google Bard had an embarrassing moment during its launch when the AI chatbot gave the wrong answer, causing Google stocks to crash. 

Google Bard gave the wrong answer: “What new findings from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9-year-old about?”. Bard’s response consisted of three bullet points, one of which stated that the telescope “took the very first photos of a planet outside the solar system.” According to NASA’s website, the first photograph of an exoplanet was taken in 2004.

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What are the foundations of ChatGPT and Bard?

ChatGPT is based on OpenAI’s GPT-3 family of large language models. It uses both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques. ChatGPT is a sibling model to InstructGPT, trained to respond to a prompt with a detailed response. 

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Language Model for Dialogue Applications, on the other hand, powers Google Bard (LaMDA). It has been released on the LaMDA lightweight model version. This smaller model requires much less computing power, allowing the company to scale to more users and receive more feedback.

Who should expect to succeed?

While Bing ChatGPT appears ahead for the time being, Google has never taken competition lightly. “Google’s fear of ChatGPT is inspiring. The fact that they recognize this is a Strategic Inflection Point for them and that they are in chaos mode speaks volumes about the Culture they have created. 

The majority of businesses would be in the stage of ignorance. Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Docs are all available on Android. Chrome and YouTube. If they are paranoid, they will devise a way to become a significant player in AI. 

Furthermore, Google undoubtedly has a lot more data in its possession because it has been the undisputed leader in Search Engines for several years. According to Internet Live Stats, 2022, Google processes over 99,000 searches every second, totaling more than 8.5 billion daily searches. ChatGPT, on the other hand, has received approximately 100 million visits to date.

Which is the more cost-effective option?

Both ChatGPT and Google Bard have free versions. ChatGPT is currently available for free on OpenAI’s site as a research preview. But there is now a subscription model called ChatGPT Plus, in which users can pay $20 for priority access and faster speeds. ChatGPT Plus is only available to those who OpenAI has approved.

Bard, on the other hand, currently only has a free model, but you must be a “trusted tester” to gain access to the AI chatbot. Google has announced some AI-based features that have been added to products such as Maps and Lens, but Bard remains a secret. According to Google, public access to Bard will be announced in the “coming weeks.”

How well can they integrate with other products?

Microsoft and Google want their chatbots integrated into their respective ecosystems as soon as possible.

ChatGPT is already available in three Microsoft products: Bing, Edge, and Teams. The new version of Bing will be available in Microsoft’s Edge browser, as well as a sidebar that can chat, compose content, and provide insights. This function may be useful for condensing large amounts of information on a webpage into more manageable summaries. More information on this particular integration is still pending. ChatGPT will be integrated into the Opera web browser, in addition to Microsoft.

OpenAI grants access to GPT-powered features to certain companies, though only Microsoft can access the source code outside of OpenAI.

Google’s Bard AI chatbot will also be integrated into Google Search. Users will be able to search using the AI-powered chatbot, similar to Bing, rather than the traditional search bar. Google has also integrated AI-based tools into Lens and Maps, though these are not specifically Google Bard integrations.

However, Google has announced that third-party developers will be able to use Bard, so it will be interesting to see what others come up with. 

Which one has better features than the other?

At their core, the features of these two chatbots are very similar. Both require you to enter a question or request, and if you do, an answer will be returned. You can then ask follow-up questions or make new requests, and the chatbot will continue to converse with you.

Bard and the GPT-powered version of Bing are essentially expanded versions of the search engines into which they have been integrated. They add more context to answers. 

For example, if you ask what the system requirements for a game are, it will tell you the requirements as well as what those requirements enable, rather than simply providing a link to click through to for more information.

ChatGPT, on the other hand, may have a broader range of applications. When used in its interface on OpenAI’s site, the AI chatbot can generate text for news articles, fiction poetry, product descriptions, blog posts, and more. It also supports certain coding languages, providing the code needed to build a basic website. Bard or Bing may be unable to handle these types of requests. But such features are yet to be demonstrated.

ChatGPT vs Google Bard:  End Note

These AI chatbots are still in their infancy at the moment. That means no matter how impressive they are, they still make mistakes, create content that crosses ethical and possibly even legal lines, and are still figuring out their best use cases. Still, the technology is astounding, and in the case of Bard or the GPT-powered version of Bing, it has the potential to revolutionize how we search for information on the internet.

Unfortunately, if you want to test the novel technology, you’ll most likely be limited to the free version of ChatGPT on OpenAI’s platform. ChatGPT Plus and “the new Bing” are currently on the waitlist, and Google Bard is still only available to “trusted testers.” This is likely to change in the coming weeks and months, but for the time being, this is an uncharted territory that we are only now beginning to explore.

Contributed by – Nagarjun Kalyankari

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