Google is in trouble as a new report claims a former company employee said its new chatbot Bard uses data from rival service ChatGPT.
The Bard chatbot, launched the public trials last week, is also a rival to Microsoft's Bing Chat, which licenses OpenAI's ChatGPT technology. However, according to a report from The Information, former Google AI researcher Jacob Devlin recently left the company after he warned Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai that Bard was taking data from ChatGPT in an indirect way.
Specifically, Devlin said that Bard's development team had access to a site called ShareGPT, where chats from ChatGPT are posted for anyone to check. However, Google spokesperson Chris Pappas quickly sent a statement to The Verge, which categorically states that "Bard has not been trained on data from ShareGPT or ChatGPT."
Reporters from The Information also claim, via anonymous sources, that Google's Brain AI team is joining forces with DeepMind, another artificial intelligence company under Alphabet.
The two teams are reportedly working together on a new project codenamed Gemini. The goal of the project is to create a product that can compete with OpenAI's efforts. The post seems to suggest that Google wants to have another chatbot on the sidelines if the company's efforts with Bard fail.
From: The Information in the upcoming years, while The Verge