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Why does Google hesitate to release ChatGPT products? The chairman of Alphabet revealed the reason.

via:新浪科技     time:2023/2/14 18:01:13     readed:328

Sina Technology News Beijing time on the morning of February 14, it is reported that after the popularity of AI dialogue and writing tool ChatGPT, Google also released a competitive product Bard, but was accused of low maturity. John Hennessy, chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company, said on Monday that although the Bard product is still a long way from mature, Google released it last week to prove that the company has AI cool techs, which is similar to ChatGPT.

Sina Technology News Beijing time on the morning of February 14, it is reported that after the popularity of AI dialogue and writing tool ChatGPT, Google also released a competitive product Bard, but was accused of low maturity. John Hennessy, chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company, said on Monday that although the Bard product is still a long way from mature, Google released it last week to prove that the company has AI cool techs, which is similar to ChatGPT.

Hennessy says he thinks generative AI technology is still a year or two away from mature products that can be used by the general public.

Hennessy made the remarks at a summit held by US venture capital firm Celesta Capital in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday.

According to reports, Hennessy himself has a wealth of experience in the technology industry, once as a professor, researcher, and founder of the company. From 2000 to 2016, Hennessy also served as president of the prestigious Stanford University in the United States.

At the summit, Hennessy gave a speech on important technology industry trends in 2023. He revealed that Google was a little surprised and at a loss in the short term when ChatGPT tools were released online and content-production AI technology caused a sensation.

Last week, Google released Bard, an AI conversation tool, in response to ChatGPT. But the release of the product was so hasty that it was thought that Microsoft had announced that it would integrate ChatGPT technology into Bing search, and Google did so just to follow Microsoft.

Bard, which is not technically mature, has been punished by the capital markets. On the day of the release, Alphabet's share price plummeted nearly 10%.

Hennessy revealed that the Google team did not release ChatGPT's competitive products in the past because the AI conversation tool is still giving the wrong answer and the experience is not ideal.

Today's Google has a large number of Internet products used by a large number of users around the world, but in the past, products such as Youtube and web search have provided misinformation or toxic content. This experience has prompted Google to be more cautious in launching new products.

At the summit, Hennessy said that Google does not want to launch an immature product, it may give the wrong answer, or even say some toxic information.

It is worth mentioning that in December, at an internal meeting, Google employees asked CEO Sandal Pichai whether the company was behind the times in launching the AI conversation tool. Mr Pichai replied that the tech industry needed to be more cautious about the impact of new technologies on capacity in civil society.

Hennessy said on Monday that the language model behind the AI dialogue tool is still in its early stages, and developers need to study how to integrate the language model into the product to improve the accuracy of answers, while also beware of the output of toxic information. "I think the whole industry is still overcoming this difficulty."

The executive said that Vint Cerf, the inventor of the Internet, would not have thought that some bad people would use the Internet to do bad things. Cerf was a former Google executive who developed important technologies at the bottom of the Internet, sometimes known as the "father of the Internet."

Hennessy said that he came from the early days of the Internet, when he might be regarded as "social scum" if he sent spam to others, but now, for every real email he receives, he receives ten spam emails, so the whole world has changed, and now people need to think about the role of new technology in the normal operation of society. People live and work together, so new technologies cannot create hatred or toxic information, and the technology industry needs to work hard to ensure that.

The executive mentioned that he was impressed by the conversational skills shown by ChatGPT and that ChatGPT was maturing faster than he had expected.

He said that ChatGPT surprised him in two ways: first, whether it was analyzing the content of human conversations or generating answers (that is, AI generation technology), ChatGPT demonstrated excellent natural language processing capabilities, and second, at least on the surface, many of ChatGPT's answers were correct.

After Google released Bard last week, the public reaction was mixed, but Hennessy declined to comment.

After Google released Bard last week, the public reaction was mixed, but Hennessy declined to comment.

He said that startups play an important role in Silicon Valley, and an important rule of survival in Silicon Valley is that you cannot lie flat under the glory and halo of the past, and that other startups will be born at any time and will challenge you and make your life a living hell.

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