Google's AI Chatbot Bard: New Features, More Languages, and Voice Responses

Google's artificial intelligence chatbot, Bard, has gained an impressive array of new features and functions in its latest upgrade, pushing the boundaries of AI-powered communication.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Google's AI Chatbot Bard: New Features, More Languages, and Voice Responses

Google's artificial intelligence chatbot, Bard, has gained an impressive array of new features and functions in its latest upgrade, pushing the boundaries of AI-powered communication.

Linguistic Expansion and Voice Responses

One of the most notable improvements is Bard's expanded linguistic capabilities.

Users can now interact with Bard in over 40 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, and Spanish, to name a few. This significant enhancement makes the AI chatbot more accessible to a global audience, including regions like Brazil and across Europe.

"Bard’s ongoing development is guided by our AI Principles. As we extend Bard's reach to more regions and languages, we will continue incorporating user feedback and taking necessary steps to protect people's privacy and data," said Amarnag Subramanya, Vice President of Engineering at Bard.

In a significant leap, Bard has gained the ability to provide spoken responses, in addition to text. This feature will be particularly useful for users keen on learning the correct pronunciation of words in various languages.

Nuanced Responses and Enhanced User Control

In addition to expanded language support, Bard's latest upgrade introduces more nuanced response controls. Users can now choose from five different response tones - simple, long, short, professional, or casual, allowing a more personalized interaction.

However, this feature is currently limited to English. Still, Google is actively working on expanding this control to other languages.

Image Interpretation and Improved Functionality

In a stride towards visual AI, Bard has also developed the ability to interpret photos inserted directly into the chat, a quicker method compared to document upload.

Users can inquire about the content of a photo or request descriptions based on it. Presently, this feature supports only English language. Moreover, extracting information and code generated by Bard has become more streamlined.

Users can now export Python code to Replit, along with Colab, and share parts of individual conversations with others. For added convenience, Google has introduced pinned conversations, which can be renamed, simplifying the process of organizing and reviewing old conversations.

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