Google has recently announced significant updates to its Bard AI chatbot, including the ability to respond verbally and interact with visual prompts. The chatbot is now accessible in many parts of the world, including the European Union.
The tech giant is promoting Bard’s spoken responses as a useful tool for tasks such as correcting pronunciation or listening to a poem or script. Users can access this feature by entering a prompt and selecting the sound icon. The spoken responses are currently available in over 40 languages.
Another exciting feature is the ability to add images to prompts, a capability Google first demonstrated at its I/O conference in May. For instance, users can ask the chatbot to help write a humorous caption for a picture of two dogs. This feature is currently available in English, with plans to expand to other languages soon.
Google has also introduced several other features, including the ability to pin and rename conversations, share responses with friends, and adjust the tone and style of Bard’s responses.
Initially, Bard was only available in the US and the UK when it was launched in March. However, Google has been gradually rolling it out to more countries, and it is now available in all countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Brazil. This expansion into Europe marks a significant milestone, especially considering the initial delay in launching Bard in the EU due to privacy concerns.
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