Google's Bard AI bot mistake wipes $100bn off shares

Feb 12

Google is trying to reassure people that it still leads the artificial intelligence race.

The internet giant appears to be wrong.

Its new AI bot wrongly interpreted a query in an advertisement.

Alphabet's market value fell $100bn (£82bn) on Wednesday as shares fell over 7%.

Bard, the bot promoted on Twitter on Monday, was asked what to tell a nine-year-old about James Webb Space Telescope discoveries.

It claimed to be the first to photograph a planet outside the Earth's solar system, but astronomers on Twitter pointed out that the European Very Large Telescope did so in 2004.

"Why didn't you factcheck this?" Newcastle University fellow Chris Harrison replied to the tweet.

The company's presentation on artificial intelligence in its products disappointed investors.
Google launches ChatGPT competitor Bard.
Microsoft launches ChatGPT-powered Bing.
Google-killer ChatGPT starts AI chatbot race

Microsoft-backed OpenAI released ChatGPT software late last year, putting pressure on Google. Its ability to pass business school exams, write song lyrics, and answer other questions made it viral.

Microsoft announced this week that its Bing search engine, which has lagged Google for years, would use ChatGPT in a more advanced form.

Investors have embraced artificial intelligence, but sceptics warn that rushing it out increases the risk of errors and plagiarism.

Google's spokesperson said the error showed "the importance of a rigorous testing process, something that we're kicking off this week with our Trusted Tester programme".

"We'll use external feedback and internal testing to ensure Bard's responses meet a high bar for quality, safety, and roundedness in real-world information," they said.

Source: BBC

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