Initially, Bard will only be accessible to a limited number of users in the US and UK. Some, including Pixel Superfans, have already been let in, while others can hop on the waitlist and wait for their chance. And for those not in either the US or UK, they need to wait for more, and we do not know how long.
But, Sissie Hsiao and Eli Collins, the two project leads, said, “We’ve learned a lot so far by testing Bard, and the next critical step in improving it is to get feedback from more people.”
However, do note this is not the public release of Bard, and neither of them told us when the Bard will be open to everyone.
The interface of Bard, as seen in the announcement’s screenshots, bears some resemblance to Bing AI but with a few notable distinctions. Below each response are four buttons – thumbs up, thumbs down, refresh arrow, and “Google it” button. Then, one can also look for alternative responses with the button “View other drafts.”
Although Google has implemented “guardrails” to prevent errors, it cautions that Bard may not always provide accurate responses. Therefore, Google asks for feedback from its users and a “wide range of experts” to help improve Bard.
The blog reads, “We’ll continue to improve Bard and add capabilities, including coding, more languages and multimodal experiences. And one thing is certain: We’ll learn alongside you as we go. With your feedback, Bard will keep getting better and better.”
According to Google, Bard is meant to complement the Google Search function rather than a substitute.