Google’s AI chatbot Bard is now available in Swahili, the first African language to be included in the conversational AI service. The expansion also includes new features that allow users to better customize their experience, boost their creativity, and get more done.
“We’re excited that this is Bard’s largest expansion to date – we see its global availability as a great democratizer of knowledge,” said Dorothy Ooko, Google Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The launch of Bard in Swahili is a major milestone as it allows Bard to reach even more people in Africa, where approximately 150 million people speak Swahili. This makes Bard more accessible to everyone in the region, and we believe that it has the potential to be a powerful tool for creativity and learning. We are excited to see how people in the region use Bard to explore their ideas and discover new things,” said Rachael Ndichu, Language Manager at Google.
Besides Swahili, other mostly spoken languages in the latest expansion include Chinese, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Hindi. Users can now access Bard in their preferred language with text-to-speech also enabled in 8 languages.
New updates on Bard also include:
- Listen to responses: This feature is available in over 40 languages and allows users to listen to Bard’s responses once they select the sound icon. The sound icon helps users hear the correct pronunciation of a word or listen to a poem or script.
- Adjust responses: Users can now adjust Bard’s responses by changing the tone and style of its responses to five different options: simple, long, short, professional or casual. This feature is live in English and will expand to new languages soon.
- Pin and rename conversations: Users can now pin and rename their conversations with Bard, making it easier to revisit conversations that contain important information or ideas later.
- Share responses: Bard Users will also be able to share responses with friends using shareable links, making it easier to collaborate on projects or get feedback on ideas.
- Upload images: Users can now upload images with prompts to Bard, which will help Bard provide more relevant and accurate responses.
Bard seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence and creativity of Google’s large language models. It draws on information from the web to provide responses. Google however warns users that as an experimental technology, Bard may occasionally make inaccurate statements in response to user prompts.
Overall, the expansion of Bard to Swahili and other languages is a significant development that will make the chatbot more accessible and useful to a wider range of users. The new features also make Bard more customizable and versatile, which could help users get more done and be more creative.
Bard is an AI chatbot that is still under development. It is trained on a massive dataset of text and code, and it can generate text, translate languages, write different kinds of creative content, and answer your questions in an informative way.
Bard is still learning, and it may sometimes make mistakes. However, it has the potential to be a powerful tool for creativity and learning.
How to use Bard
To use Bard, you can visit the Bard website or use the Bard app. Once you have opened Bard, you can type in a question or prompt, and Bard will generate a response.
You can also use Bard to translate languages, write different kinds of creative content, or get help with your homework.
The expansion of Bard to Swahili and other languages is a significant development that will make the chatbot more accessible and useful to a wider range of users. The new features also make Bard more customizable and versatile, which could help users get more done and be more creative.
If you are interested in using Bard, I encourage you to visit the Bard website.