The Headlines: G’day Bard — Google’s Response to ChatGPT

What is Google’s Bard?

The era of ChatGPT may be over. Well, that’s what Google is hoping anyway. 

On February 6, Google announced Bard, an AI chatbot with similar capabilities to ChatGPT. You will be able to ask this programme a question and it will generate you an answer

“Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of our large language models,” said Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai. “It draws on information from the web to provide fresh, high-quality responses.” 

“Bard can be an outlet for creativity, and a launchpad for curiosity, helping you to explain new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old, or learn more about the best strikers in football right now, and then get drills to build your skills.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft, a huge investor in ChatGPT, is adding this service to their search engine, Bing. This technology will also be added to their web browser, Edge.

At the announcement of this merger, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, said, “What is it we should do? What should we build? This will reshape the software industry.”

However, it’s not all fun and games. Both Bard and ChatGPT are built on text generation software that could provide you with misinfo and might pick up problematic phrases from the internet. Additionally, because such software is tricky to update, both these apps will grapple with some challenges going forward.

According to Google, Bard will be released in the coming weeks. Whether or not it’ll knock ChatGPT from its pedestal is yet to be determined.

Earthquake Update: How Turkey and Syria Are Coping

The situation in Turkey and Syria isn’t good, folks. This is because, as of writing, over 7200 people have died following a devasting 7.8 magnitude earthquake. 

“There is not even a single person here. We are under the snow, without a home, without anything,” said Murat Alinak, a displaced survivor in Turkey. “What shall I do, where can I go?”

In response to this terrible event, the Australian Government has committed to supporting the people of both Turkey and Syria.

“Today, I can announce that the Australian Government will provide an initial $10 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected through our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners and through humanitarian agencies,” said our Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. “Australia’s assistance will target those in greatest need.” 

“Can I also say that for Australians who have family in the region, this will be a really difficult time. Australians in need of emergency consular assistance should contact the Australian Government 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135.”

Related: Earthquake in Turkey — Here’s What You Can Do to Help

Related: What It’s Like to Be an Asylum Seeker or Refugee in Australia

Multiple Huge Coral Reefs Has Been Uncovered

In some excellent news, a team of University of Queensland researchers have located 11 healthy coral reefs off the Sunshine Coast. To be specific, these reefs were mostly around Mudjimba Island and Mooloolaba.

“We looked at so many different sites, every time we put our heads underwater, the volunteers went down, and they did surveys,” said Associate Professor, Chris Roelfsema.

“And they saw coral, and every time it was a significant amount of coral, and we didn’t expect it. We noticed that there was an enormous amount of coral there that we didn’t realise was there, and not in a couple of spots, but in the 11 spots we visited.”

“That’s a big deal, that there’s so much coral so close to a major urban area.”

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