When Google first debuted Bard, they limited its availability to users in the US, and even then it wasn’t exactly available to all as users would have to sign up to be put on a waitlist. At I/O 2023, the company announced that they have decided to do away with the waitlist and open up Bard to users in over 180 countries and regions.
For those unfamiliar, Bard is basically Google’s answer to ChatGPT. While Google has been working on AI for years, the launch of Bard was presumably spurred on by the likes of ChatGPT and Microsoft who implemented a version of ChatGPT in its own search engine, Bing, where it was met with a lot of positive feedback.
At this point in time, Bard is still a work in progress but if you’re curious about it and how it compares to Bing and ChatGPT, here’s what you need to do to take it for a spin.
How to use Google Bard
- Go to the Google Bard website and click the “Try Bard” button
- You might need to sign into your Google account if you haven’t done so already
- If this is your first time using Bard, you’ll have to agree to Google’s terms of service
- Once you’ve agreed to the terms of service, Bard’s interface will open up
- It will look like a chat UI and this is where you can enter your prompts
- Enter your question and give it a few seconds and Bard will have the answers for you
Keep in mind that like we said, Bard is still a work in progress. In fact, Google even labels it as an experiment. The company also warns that due to it being a work in progress, there is a chance that some of the answers Bard returns might be inaccurate or potentially offensive.
While we wouldn’t suggest using Bard to do research for your thesis or homework, it can still be useful if you’re looking for ideas, prompts, or even instructions if you can’t be bothered to comb through different websites looking for what you want.