Google Bard’s first costly mistake shows that AI chatbots are not yet ready for prime time

It wasn’t a good week for Google. Not only did the company’s buggy Live from Paris event fall short of expectations, but its long-awaited new AI chatbot, Bard, made a factual error in demo video (opens in a new tab) which was to show the impressive possibilities of the software.

Error – which sent Google’s market value fell by $100 billion (opens in a new tab) – saw Bard incorrectly respond to a user who asked, “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9-year-old?” In the clip, the chatbot responds with a series of bullet points, including one that reads, “JWST took the first images of a planet outside our solar system.”

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