Google has introduced a new set of updates to its Bard artificial intelligence chatbot, enhancing its capabilities to include spoken responses alongside traditional text-based ones.
The recent updates not only broaden Bard’s linguistic knowledge but also offer more nuanced response controls. Impressively, Bard can now engage in conversations in over 40 languages. This comprehensive linguistic spectrum encompasses languages like Arabic, Chinese, German, Hindi, and Spanish. Expanding its reach, Google has also extended Bard’s availability to additional geographical regions, such as Brazil and Europe.
Google maintains its commitment to responsible AI implementation throughout this expansion. It remains dedicated to adhering to its AI Principles, leveraging user feedback, and prioritizing the safeguarding of user privacy and data.
A notable enhancement is Bard’s newfound ability to audibly articulate its responses, marking a departure from its previous text-only format. Google highlighted the value of this feature, particularly when users seek to grasp the correct pronunciation of a word or experience auditory renditions of poetry and scripts. Engaging with this feature is straightforward: users input a query and can then opt to listen to Bard’s responses by selecting the accompanying sound icon.
Furthermore, Google has introduced a feature that permits users to tailor the tone of Bard’s responses. This range of tones includes options like “simple,” “long,” “short,” “professional,” and “casual.” This allows for personalized interactions, tailored to the context and preferences of the user. As an illustrative example, if a user sought assistance in composing a marketplace listing for a vintage armchair, they could generate a detailed response and then condense it using the provided drop-down menu.
Presently, the response control feature is exclusively accessible in English. However, Google plans to extend its availability to a broader array of languages in the near future. This ongoing development underscores Google’s commitment to delivering a more versatile and inclusive AI experience to users worldwide.