Get ready for more uses for Bard, Google’s AI chatbot and ChatGPT rival. Bard can now integrate with and pull information from your Google apps like Gmail, Docs, YouTube and more, according to and blog post Tuesday at the company.
According to Yury Pinsky, director of product management at Bard, these “Bard Extensions” find information more easily in various Google tools and applications.
“For example,” Pinsky wrote, “if you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon (a project that takes up a lot of cards), you can now ask Bard to pull data from Gmail that suits everyone and look up real… flight and hotel information, check Google Maps for directions to the airport and even watch YouTube videos about what to do there—all in one conversation.”
When it comes to privacy, Google said you’re in charge of whether you want to turn on new extensions and how you want to use them.
The company also announced that double-checking Bard’s answers will now be easier with a “Google It” button. The answers will be in English from Tuesday.
Google said the new capabilities of its chatbot were made possible by updates to PaLM 2, its language processing system.
Google launched the Bard AI chatbot in March this year, following ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Bing AI search, which uses ChatGPT. CNET broke down ChatGPT, Bing, and Google Bard to find out which is the most useful.
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