ChatGPT has dominated much of the discussion surrounding generative AI, but in March, Google released Google Bard, which is a very similar tool.
Both Bard and ChatGPT are text focused generative AI tools. While they are both very similar tools there are some real differences of which to be aware.
- Both free (ChatGPT has a paid premium version).
- ChatGPT and Bard can both build on previous questions/conversations.
- Work in different languages.
- They use different large language models, and therefore provide different results.
- Bard is continually pulling data into its large language model so the content is more current. ChatGPT ends in 2021.
- ChatGPT has a premium version for $20/month.
- ChatGPT limits users to 100 questions a day.
- Google Bard allows for unlimited questions.
- A person can upload files to Google Bard.
- ChatGPT can interpret images with a URL.
- Bard is better at citing sources.
I have read quite a few reviews and found that many people like Bard and find it easier to use. Yet, people find ChatGPT to be more eloquent in its responses.
I have been using them both and find them both easy tools. To me, the biggest difference is with the date range. Since Bard can pull more recent data, I have found myself gravitating towards it. I also find it does a better job citing sources. That said, both tools are excellent, and I have found ways to incorporate them into my work.
In libraries, it is important we are aware of what generative AI can do so we can provide information to our communities.
I encourage you to try both Bard and ChatGPT to determine what will be most helpful for you and your library community.
Dr. Lauren Hays is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri, and a frequent presenter and interviewer on topics related to libraries and librarianship. Please read Lauren’s other posts relevant to special librarians. Take a look at Lucidea’s powerful integrated library systems, SydneyEnterprise, and GeniePlus, used daily by innovative special librarians in libraries of all types, sizes and budgets.
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