Google I/O 2023, the company’s annual developer conference, highlighted the latest AI technology, and Google Bard was at the forefront of the event. Google’s AI chatbot has received major updates that aim to propel it beyond its mediocre launch and muted reception. Sissie Hsio, the Vice President and General Manager for Google Assistant and Bard, unveiled several serious upgrades to Bard that will bring it in line with ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing AI Chat and even surpass them in some cases.
The most significant changes coming to Bard are its ability to generate AI images and use images for searches. The AI image generation feature via Bard’s integration with Adobe Firefly allows users to generate images using Bard in a way that mirrors the best AI art generators. Bard can also take in images that users upload, provide descriptions of them, and answer prompts with images from the web. Additionally, Bard can utilize Google Lens to upload images and come up with text responses that match the user’s needs.