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Home / News and Insights / Insights / Bard’s latest innovations: A new era in Generative AI collaboration

In a significant leap forward for generative AI, Google Bard has unveiled its most advanced model to date. This new iteration promises to revolutionize how users interact with AI, offering seamless customization and a wide range of applications. From planning a vacation to job applications, Bard aims to be an indispensable tool for both personal and professional use.

Seamless integration with Google services: Bard extensions

One of the most ground-breaking features in Bard’s latest upgrade is its integration with Google apps and services, aptly named Bard Extensions. This integration allows Bard to source and display information from popular Google tools like Gmail, Docs, Drive, Google Maps and YouTube – even Google Flights and hotels. Imagine planning a trip to the Grand Canyon; with Bard Extensions you can consolidate all the necessary information, from flight and hotel data to Google Maps directions, into a single, streamlined conversation. Such a feature marks a significant milestone in Bard’s evolution, promising to revolutionize how tasks are executed.

Bard also introduces a facility that allows users to build on shared conversations. When a Bard chat is shared through a public link, recipients can add to the discussion, fostering a dynamic and interactive environment. Bard now supports over 40 languages and includes features like image uploads with Lens, underscoring its commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.

Professional development and job search

Bard’s capabilities extend into the realm of professional development, offering functionalities that can streamline the job application process. For instance, Bard can locate a specific resume from Google Drive, summarize it into a personal statement, and assist in crafting a compelling cover letter. This makes Bard an invaluable ally for anyone embarking on a job search, consolidating various tasks into a single, efficient process.

Privacy and user control

Google has ensured that Bard remains committed to safeguarding user privacy. Workspace extensions guarantee that content from Gmail, Docs, and Drive remains confidential and is not used for targeted advertising or model training. Users have complete control over their privacy settings and can deactivate extensions at their discretion.

Due to the extensive integration with Google services, data protection remains one of the most significant legal concerns. Bard’s integration with Google services such as Gmail, Docs, and Drive means that the AI has access to a wide range of personal and potentially sensitive information.

Although Bard promises to safeguard user privacy and not use the data for targeted advertising or model training, the fine print in user agreements and privacy policies will be crucial. Clients should be aware of what they are consenting to, especially in jurisdictions with stringent data protection laws like Europe’s GDPR.

Enhanced verification with ‘google it’

To bolster confidence in its responses, Bard has introduced a new ‘Google it’ feature. This function allows users to cross-verify Bard’s answers with information available on the web. By clicking a designated ‘G’ icon, Bard will analyse its response and check for corroborating content online, thereby enhancing the reliability and accuracy of its contributions.

Conclusion

Bard’s latest enhancements represent a monumental advancement in the field of generative AI. By offering seamless integration with Google apps, improved response verification, and expanded language capabilities, Bard is poised to redefine how users interact and collaborate with AI. These innovations signify a pivotal moment in Bard’s journey towards becoming an indispensable tool for creative expression and problem-solving.

This article was first published in Tech+, a newsletter from our tech and innovation team designed to help readers unpack complex topics in the tech space and keep up-to-date with the changes across this rapidly evolving sector. Be the first to receive the next edition and subscribe here.

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