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In its first demo Google’s AI chatbot Bard makes factual error

Written by  Annesha Barua -- February 09th 2023 03:40 PM
In its first demo Google’s AI chatbot Bard makes factual error

In its first demo Google’s AI chatbot Bard makes factual error

Paris, February 9: Google on late Wednesday announced its AI chatbot Bard slew of features powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), recently there was a mistake in an ad caused its share price tank of $100 billion . Google is considered as the search engine giant and it is rushing to space after the bot ChatGPT. After the mistake the bot isn’t off to a great start, it made a factual error in its very first demo.

There is a GIF that flooded Google shows Bard answering the question, “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9 year old about?” Bard offers three bullet points in return, including one that states that the telescope “took the very first pictures of a planet outside of our own solar system.”


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There are a number of astronomers on Twitter pointed out that this is incorrect and that the first image of an exoplanet was taken in 2004 — as stated here on NASA’s website.

“Not to be a ~well, actually~ jerk, and I’m sure Bard will be impressive, but for the record: JWST did not take ‘the very first image of a planet outside our solar system,’” tweeted astrophysicist Grant Tremblay.

Director of University of California Observatories at UC Santa Cruz, Bruce Macintosh later pointed out the mistake and tweeted that  “Speaking as someone who imaged an exoplanet 14 years before JWST was launched, it feels like you should find a better example?”

In a follow-up tweet, Tremblay added, “I do love and appreciate that one of the most powerful companies on the planet is using a JWST search to advertise their LLM. Awesome! But ChatGPT etc., while spooky impressive, are often *very confidently* wrong. Will be interesting to see a future where LLMs self error check.”

After it made the factual error in first demo, a Google spokesperson said, “This highlights the importance of a rigorous testing process, something that we’re kicking off this week with our Trusted Tester program. We’ll combine external feedback with our own internal testing to make sure Bard’s responses meet a high bar for quality, safety and groundedness in real-world information.”

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- With inputs from agencies

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