Google Bard, Google’s AI-powered chatbot, has received an update that enables it to respond to user queries in real-time, similar to its contemporaries, ChatGPT and Bing Chat. This feature, though cosmetic, enhances the user experience by providing a more ‘human’ feel to the interactions.
The world of generative AI chatbots like ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and Google Bard continuously evolves, with each iteration bringing about improvements that enhance user experience. Google Bard, Google’s intelligent assistant, is the latest to be in the spotlight, thanks to a feature update that enables it to respond to user queries in real-time.
“The only constant in technology is change, and Google Bard’s transition to real-time responses is a testament to that.”
A Shift from the Traditional Response Mechanism
Until the recent update, Google Bard had a distinct way of formulating its responses. It took the time to compose its responses in full before displaying them on the screen. This approach was in stark contrast to ChatGPT and Bing Chat, which stream their output text in real-time even while the answer is being generated.
However, this has now changed. Google Bard, by default, will now respond in real-time, an update that was first spotted by 9to5Google. Despite this change, it is essential to note that the quality of the answers provided by Google Bard’s AI needs to be more balanced.
Enhancing User Experience
Although this change is primarily cosmetic, it does enhance the user experience by providing a more human-like interaction. With Google Bard now working in real-time, users can cut off the response before it’s finished if the question or prompt is phrased incorrectly or if Bard isn’t answering in the desired manner.
This development is intriguing, especially considering Bard is now emulating the real-time response method that ChatGPT and Bing Chat (powered by ChatGPT) have always utilized. Despite this, it’s important to remember that these AI engines will ultimately be judged based on the quality of their responses rather than the manner of their answering.
Once Google Bard completes its response, users can view alternate responses through the ‘View other drafts‘ link at the top right. Additionally, users can click the slider button at the bottom to adjust the response, such as making it shorter or more straightforward.