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Google Bard upgrades to image generation and chat in more languages

A "steampunk fashion" image created by Bard. (Source: Google)
A "steampunk fashion" image created by Bard. (Source: Google)
Google has announced that its chatbot is now able to work with text in many more languages besides English, and can also be made to double-check the results of its responses. Bard also now supports AI-generated images thanks to one of the Mountain View giant's latest models.

Google now asserts that Bard is "an even more helpful and globally accessible AI collaborator" thanks to an upgrade to a version of Gemini Pro that should work "in any language, country and territory" supported by its chatbot at the time of writing.

Accordingly, Bard is now touted to carry out tasks such as text processing, comprehension and summarization in at least 40 different languages used in at least 230 distinct regions. Google has also integrated a new "G" button into the bot's UI that should cause it to corroborate its output in all its new tongues.

Google also intended Bard to be a multimodal AI from its introduction, and has made more progress in that vein with support for image generation. The new feature, conferred by the updated model Imagen 2, is backed to "balance quality and speed, delivering high-quality, photorealistic outputs" in response to a given descriptive prompt. 

Bard-generated images are also rated as recognizable via SynthID "digitally identifiable watermarks" and to limit potentially harmful outputs while protecting the IP of "named people" through "technical guardrails and investments in the safety of training data". This latest version of Google's AI is available online from now.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-02- 2 (Update: 2024-02- 2)