AI chatbot Bard gives wrong answer, Google loses $100 billion in market value

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Google’s AI chatbot, Bard, gave a wrong answer in its promotional video, underscoring the integrity risks that AI systems pose to corporations. Shares of the company tumbled 7.8 percent on the Nasdaq exchange in the regular trading hours on February 8 and were essentially flat in the after-hours trading.

The error was caught hours before Bard’s launch event in Paris. The chatbot delivers an incorrect answer to a prompt in the video showing Bard in action, reports MSN.

Google Inc’s new experimental AI service, ‘Bard,’ which was developed to answer Microsoft’s ChatGPT, delivered inaccurate information in its promotional video.

Reuters caught the error a few hours before Bard’s launch event in Paris. In the video showing Bard in action, the chatbot responds to a question about what to tell a 9-year-old about discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), saying that the JWST was used to take pictures of a planet outside the Milky Way. This is not true.

The chatbot, which aims to simplify complex topics, was built to compete with Microsoft’s ground-breaking AI chatbot, ChatGPT. However, Google seems to have come up with a rival too quickly.

Generally speaking, there still is a long way to go for AI systems to be incorporated into business operations and replace jobs. The risks of plagiarism, skewed results, and inaccurate solutions remain.

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