Google updates Bard to v2023.07.13, new features include Google Lens and the ability to read responses out loud

    Google Bard is Google’s answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT and in the AI arms race, making improvements to your large language model is critical to grow market and mind share.

    Google Bard is based on the LaMDA language model (LLM) that can be used for a variety of tasks, including brainstorming ideas, developing plans, and creating content. Bard is trained on a massive dataset of text and code, and it can access and process information from the real world through Google Search. This makes it a powerful tool for both creativity and productivity.

    One of the most impressive things about Bard is its ability to generate text that is both informative and engaging. Bard can write different kinds of creative content, including poems, code, scripts, musical pieces, email, letters, etc. It can also answer your questions in an informative way, even if they are open-ended, challenging, or strange.

    Google has just released their latest version of the service, 2023.07.13 which includes many great improvements, including Google Lens and the ability to read responses out loud.

    2023.07.13 Release Notes

    Bard is available in new places and languages

    • What: Bard is now available in over 40 new languages including Arabic, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), German, Hindi, Spanish, and more. We have also expanded access to more places, including all 27 countries in the European Union (EU) and Brazil.
    • Why: Bard is global and is intended to help you explore possibilities. Our English, Japanese, and Korean support helped us learn how to launch languages responsibly, enabling us to now support the majority of language coverage on the internet.

    Google Lens in Bard

    • What: You can upload images alongside text in your conversations with Bard, allowing you to boost your imagination and creativity in completely new ways. To make this happen, we’re bringing the power of Google Lens into Bard, starting with English.
    • Why: Images are a fundamental part of how we put our imaginations to work, so we’ve added Google Lens to Bard. Whether you want more information about an image or need inspiration for a funny caption, you now have even more ways to explore and create with Bard.

    Bard can read responses out loud

    • What: We’re adding text-to-speech capabilities to Bard in over 40 languages, including Hindi, Spanish, and US English.
    • Why: Sometimes hearing something aloud helps you bring an idea to life in new ways beyond reading it. Listen to responses and see what it helps you imagine and create!

    Pinned & Recent Threads

    • What: You can now pick up where you left off with your past Bard conversations and organize them according to your needs. We’ve added the ability to pin conversations, rename them, and have multiple conversations going at once.
    • Why: The best ideas take time, sometimes multiple hours or days to create. Keep your threads and pin your most critical threads to keep your creative process flowing.

    Share your Bard conversations with others

    • What: We’ve made it easier to share part or all of your Bard chat with others. Shareable links make seeing your chat and any sources just a click away so others can seamlessly view what you created with Bard.
    • Why: It’s hard to hold back a new idea sometimes. We wanted to make it easier for you to share your creations to inspire others, unlock your creativity, and show your collaboration process.

    Modify Bard’s responses

    • What: We’re introducing 5 new options to help you modify Bard’s responses. Just tap to make the response simpler, longer, shorter, more professional, or more casual.
    • Why: When a response is close enough but needs a tweak, we’re making it easier to get you closer to your desired creation.

    Export Python code to Replit

    • What: We’re continuing to expand Bard’s export capabilities for code. You can now export Python code to Replit, in addition to Google Colab.
    • Why: Streamline your workflow and continue your programming tasks by moving Bard interactions into Replit.

    Personally, I’m a big fan of Bard and the rate of improvement on the platform. Of the new features, the ability to listen to the generated responses is massive for me, I just wish it included additional playback speeds.

    Another great option is to modify the response, users have the option to select ‘Shorter’ if you need a summary of the response, ‘Longer’ if you’re trying to generate a blog post or similar, ‘Simpler’ if you’re after more of an executive summary. There’s also two options that focus on the tone of the response where you can select from ‘More casual’ and ‘More professional’.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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