Revolutionizing Education with Bard – Google’s Breakthrough in Enhancing AI’s Math and Programming Skills

  • AUTHOR: editor
  • POSTED ON: June 14, 2023

In an astonishing revelation, Google’s beleaguered AI-powered chatbot, Bard, is breaking through barriers and leveling up in the realm of logic and reasoning.

In a captivating blog post released days before, the tech giant sheds light on a groundbreaking technique called “implicit code execution” that has unleashed Bard’s true potential, resulting in significant advancements in the domains of mathematics and coding.

At its core, Bard is a Large Language Model (LLM) that operates as a powerful prediction engine. Given a prompt, it uses its formidable predictive capabilities to generate responses by anticipating the most probable words to follow in a sentence. This made Bard an unrivaled wordsmith, excelling in crafting eloquent emails and essays.

However, when it came to the meticulous craft of software development, its performance was marred by occasional errors.

But now, Google’s ingenious approach has revolutionized Bard’s trajectory. By introducing the game-changing concept of “implicit code execution,” Bard’s aptitude for logic and reasoning has been radically enhanced.

This breakthrough technique empowers Bard to understand and execute code within its vast computational framework, unleashing a newfound prowess in the intricate world of mathematics and coding.

However, you might question the inclusion of code-generating models such as GitHub’s Copilot and Amazon’s CodeWhisperer. These models are not designed for general-purpose tasks.

Unlike Bard and similar models like ChatGPT, which underwent training using an extensive array of text sources from the internet, e-books, and various other references, Copilot, CodeWhisperer, and similar code-generating models were primarily trained and fine-tuned using code samples.

In order to overcome the limitations in coding and mathematics abilities of general language models (LLMs), Google has introduced implicit code execution to enhance Bard.

This innovative feature enables Bard to autonomously write and execute code to address relevant prompts. By identifying situations where logical code could be beneficial, Bard generates and tests the code internally, utilizing the resulting output to generate more accurate and precise responses.

According to Google’s internal benchmarking, the latest version of Bard has shown a 30% improvement in its responses to computation-based word problems and math tasks compared to its previous release. However, the accuracy of these claims will need to be validated through external testing.

In a blog post, Bard product lead Jack Krawczyk and VP of engineering Amarnag Subramanya acknowledged that despite the enhancements, Bard may still encounter limitations.

For instance, there might be instances where Bard does not generate code to assist with the prompt response or the generated code may contain errors.

Additionally, Bard may not explicitly include the executed code in its response. Nonetheless, the progress made in enabling Bard to provide responses with structured, logic-driven capabilities represents a significant advancement toward enhancing its overall usefulness.

Upon its initial launch earlier this year, Bard from Google did not fare as well in comparison to counterparts like Bing Chat and ChatGPT. The rollout encountered significant challenges, exemplified by a Google advertisement that featured an incorrect answer from Bard. This incident briefly caused an 8% drop in the company’s stock value.

According to reports, numerous Google employees who had the opportunity to test Bard before its release expressed serious concerns to the search giant. One individual referred to it as a “pathological liar,” while another described it as being “worse than useless.”

In response to the criticism it faced, Google has taken steps to address the issues surrounding Bard. By incorporating implicit code generation, expanding language support, enabling multimodal queries, and introducing image generation capabilities, Google aims to improve the performance and functionality of Bard.

However, whether these enhancements will be sufficient to compete with the leading generative AI chatbots in the field remains uncertain. Anthropic recently introduced an AI chatbot model with an extensively expanded “context window,” allowing for coherent conversations lasting hours or even days, surpassing the previous time limit of minutes.

Additionally, OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, has started supporting plugins that enhance ChatGPT with external knowledge and skills.

The evolving landscape of generative AI chatbots presents an ongoing challenge for Google and other developers as they strive to keep pace with the advancements introduced by their competitors.

“In the rapidly evolving landscape of generative AI chatbots, the true test lies in our ability to adapt and innovate,” said the future-oriented AI researcher. “Only by embracing new advancements and addressing shortcomings can we continue to push the boundaries of what these systems can achieve.”

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Updated June 14, 2023
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