Last week, Google debuted its latest challenge to OpenAI: the new Bard. The waitlist is gone and Bard has some great new features. But can it beat GPT-4?
Today, I put both bots to the test.
Get the blog before anyone else…subscribe!
Bard now integrates with search and maps and can access the internet. So I tested it against its closest GPT-4 equivalent: Bing Chat.
Bing Chat uses GPT-4 and has internet access. It’s integrated into a search engine, just like Bard.
And unlike ChatGPT Plus, it’s free! (You have to use Microsoft Edge, but it’s a pretty good browser.)
I posed identical questions to each bot. These are real questions I actually need the answer to.
Let’s see how they do!
One of the main things I use GPT-4 for is help finding blog ideas. Again this morning, it performed well:
The stories are interesting and relevant. The links don’t work, but hey, it’s new technology right?
Now, let’s try Bard:
Bard refused my request entirely, outputting nothing.
GPT-4 has saved me hours in research time. But for this application, Bard seems useless.
I’m attending a demo day for Australian startups tomorrow. Maybe my new friends can help me prepare?
GPT-4’s answer was outstanding!
It told me things about Australia I never knew. I had no idea the culture was conservative.
It also gave me some ideas for questions.
Perhaps I should ask the startups about their international expansion plans. I rarely ask an American startup that since our domestic market is already vast.
Next, Bard’s turn:
Bard’s answer was good, but less complete than GPT-4’s.
It homed in on the risk of Australia’s small market. But it didn’t take the next logical step like GPT-4 and tell me to find out what a startup’s international expansion plan is.
Time for our third and final question.
I’m doing some research on the US meatpacking industry (long story). So I wondered, how many meatpackers are there in America?
Let’s ask GPT-4:
Excellent answer! It found an exact number and provided a source.
But it also called out something beyond the numbers. This is an unusual industry, with huge concentration.
GPT-4 made sure I’m aware of that. Nice work, GPT!
Let’s give Bard a shot:
Bard’s answer doesn’t seem accurate.
It gave a number only half the size of GPT-4’s. Maybe it’s valid, but without a citation, I’ll never know!
It did correctly call out the weird feature of meatpacking — massive concentration.
So far, Bard looks like a bust.
However, I’m sure Google will keep working on it. In time, it may catch up with GPT-4.
But for now, Microsoft and OpenAI have a heck of a headstart.
Have you tried Bard? If so, what did you think?
Leave a comment and let us know!
If you enjoyed this post, subscribe for more like this!
More on tech:
Inflection: Better than ChatGPT?
Save Money on Stuff I Use:
This platform lets me diversify my real estate investments so I’m not too exposed to any one market. I’ve invested since 2018 with great returns.
More on Fundrise in this post.
If you decide to invest in Fundrise, you can use this link to get $100 in free bonus shares!
I’ve used Misfits for years, and it never disappoints! Every fruit and vegetable is organic, super fresh, and packed with flavor!
I wrote a detailed review of Misfits here.
Use this link to sign up and you’ll save $15 on your first order.