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Google begins opening access to ChatGPT competitor Bard

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Alphabet Inc’s Google has begun open access to its chatbot Bard in a bid to catch up to Microsoft Corp which has had an edge over the search giant in the artificial intelligence race so far.

“We’re beginning with the U.S. and the U.K., and will expand to more countries and languages over time,” the company said in a blog post Tuesday.

Users can sign up to try Bard at bard.google.com and the company said it will begin rolling out access in the U.S. and U.K from Tuesday onwards and will expand over time to more countries and languages.

Google said Bard is a direct interface to a large language model (LLM), and it views it as a complementary experience to Google Search.

“Bard is designed so that you can easily visit Search to check its responses or explore sources across the web. Click “Google it” to see suggestions for queries, and Search will open in a new tab so you can find relevant results and dig deeper. We’ll also be thoughtfully integrating LLMs into Search in a deeper way — more to come,” the company added.

Google said it was focused on users and that internal and external testers have turned to Bard for “boosting their productivity, accelerating their ideas, really fueling their curiosity.”

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