AI and Chatbots have quickly become integrated into and function as primary channels of communication across all verticals. OpenAI’s ChatCPT, a Microsoft backed product, has taken the business world by storm with 100 million users as of January 2023.
On Monday, Google announced its AI chatbot Bard — a rival to OpenAI’s ChatGPT that’s due to become “more widely available to the public in the coming weeks.” But the bot isn’t off to a great start, with experts noting that Bard made a factual error in its very first demo.
A GIF shared by Google shows Bard answering the question: “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9 year old about?” Bard offers three bullet points in return, including one that states that the telescope “took the very first pictures of a planet outside of our own solar system.”
Quickly, a number of astronomers on Twitter pointed out that this is incorrect and that the first image of an extroplanet was taken in 2004, as stated on NASA’s website.
Bruce Macintosh, director of University of California Observatories at UC Santa Cruz, also pointed out the mistake. “Speaking as someone who imaged an exoplanet 14 years before JWST was launched, it feels like you should find a better example?”
Astrophysicist Grant Tremblay tweeted “Not to be a -well, actually-jerk, and I’m sure Bard will be impressive, but for the record: JWST did not take ‘the very first image of a planet outside our solar system.”
As IT recruiters, we are watching to see how the new battle between Chat GPT and Bard plays out. Both promise a new and evolved communication tool that can assist us in our outreach with clients and candidates. Inaccuracy and privacy protection are questions that remain to be answered and we will be following the story closely.