Google updates Bard to improve math, logic responses

Google Bard just got an upgrade. By incorporating Google’s PaLM language models, Bard is now better at math and logic responses.

“Today I wanted to share that we’ve improved Bard’s capabilities in math and logic by incorporating some of the advances we’ve developed in PaLM,” Jack Krawczyk, the Google executive leading up Bard and Google’s AI efforts, said on Twitter.

What improved. Bard can now better understand and respond to your prompts and questions when they are in a multi-step word and multi-step math problems format, Krawczyk said.

Math improvements coming. Coding is coming soon to Bard, Krawczyk added.

The tweets. Here are his tweets with this announcement:

Google PaLM. PaLM stands for Pathways Language Model. It is a large language model developed by Google with 540 billion parameters. Researchers also trained smaller versions of PaLM (8 billion and 62 billion parameter models) to test the effects of model scale.

More on Bard. As a reminder, Google announced Bard was coming the day before Bing Chat launched but Bard did not open to general users until 10 days ago. The response Google received from Bard has been somewhat disappointing and underwhelming compared to that of Bing Chat and ChatGPT’s efforts. Even inside Google, employees urged the company to improve Bard.

But Google promises more is to come and Bard will get better.

Google intentionally launched a lightweight version of Bard and it will continue to get better over time, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a New York Times interview published today.

Why we care. Mostly, it is fun and exciting to see how these AI assistants and tools improve and are improving rapidly in such a short period of time. Be it ChatGPT, Bing Chat, Google Bard or others, following this space is a lot of fun.

So give Bard another try and see if you find it to be any better today than it was yesterday.

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