Spherical 2: We take a look at the brand new Gemini-powered Bard in opposition to ChatGPT


Round 2: We test the new Gemini-powered Bard against ChatGPT

Aurich Lawson

Again in April, we ran a collection of helpful and/or considerably goofy prompts by way of Google’s (then-new) PaLM-powered Bard chatbot and OpenAI’s (barely older) ChatGPT-4 to see which AI chatbot reigned supreme. On the time, we gave the sting to ChatGPT on 5 of seven trials, whereas noting that “it is nonetheless early days within the generative AI enterprise.”
Now, the AI days are a bit much less “early,” and this week’s launch of a brand new model of Bard powered by Google’s new Gemini language mannequin appeared like an excellent excuse to revisit that chatbot battle with the identical set of fastidiously designed prompts. That is very true since Google’s promotional supplies emphasize that Gemini Extremely beats GPT-4 in “30 of the 32 broadly used educational benchmarks” (although the extra restricted “Gemini Professional” presently powering Bard fares considerably worse in these not-completely-foolproof benchmark exams).

This time round, we determined to check the brand new Gemini-powered Bard to each ChatGPT-3.5—for an apples-to-apples comparability of each firms’ present “free” AI assistant merchandise—and ChatGPT-4 Turbo—for a take a look at OpenAI’s present “high of the road” waitlisted paid subscription product (Google’s top-level “Gemini Extremely” mannequin received’t be publicly obtainable till subsequent 12 months). We additionally appeared on the April outcomes generated by the pre-Gemini Bard mannequin to gauge how a lot progress Google’s efforts have made in current months.

Whereas these exams are removed from complete, we predict they supply an excellent benchmark for judging how these AI assistants carry out within the form of duties common customers may have interaction in each day. At this level, additionally they present simply how a lot progress text-based AI fashions have made in a comparatively brief time.

Dad jokes

Immediate: Write 5 authentic dad jokes

As soon as once more, each examined LLMs wrestle with the a part of the immediate that asks for originality. Nearly the entire dad jokes generated by this immediate may very well be discovered verbatim or with very minor rewordings by way of a fast Google search. Bard and ChatGPT-4 Turbo even included the identical actual joke on their lists (a couple of ebook on anti-gravity), whereas ChatGPT-3.5 and ChatGPT-4 Turbo overlapped on two jokes (“scientists trusting atoms” and “scarecrows profitable awards”).

Then once more, most dads don’t create their very own dad jokes, both. Culling from a grand oral custom of pop jokes is a convention as outdated as dads themselves.

Probably the most fascinating consequence right here got here from ChatGPT-4 Turbo, which produced a joke a couple of youngster named Brian being named after Thomas Edison (get it?). Googling for that individual phrasing did not flip up a lot, although it did return an almost-identical joke about Thomas Jefferson (additionally that includes a baby named Brian). In that search, I additionally found the enjoyable (?) undeniable fact that worldwide soccer star Pelé was apparently really named after Thomas Edison. Who knew?!

Winner: We’ll name this one a draw for the reason that jokes are virtually identically unoriginal and pun-filled (although props to GPT for unintentionally main me to the Pelé happenstance)

Argument dialog

Immediate: Write a 5-line debate between a fan of PowerPC processors and a fan of Intel processors, circa 2000.

The brand new Gemini-powered Bard positively “improves” on the outdated Bard reply, no less than by way of throwing in much more jargon. The brand new reply consists of informal mentions of AltiVec directions, RISC vs. CISC designs, and MMX expertise that might not have appeared misplaced in many an Ars discussion board dialogue from the period. And whereas the outdated Bard ends with an unnervingly well mannered “to every their very own,” the brand new Bard extra realistically implies that the argument might proceed endlessly after the 5 strains requested.

On the ChatGPT aspect, a quite long-winded GPT-3.5 reply will get pared right down to a way more concise argument in GPT-4 Turbo. Each GPT responses are inclined to keep away from jargon and shortly concentrate on a extra generalized “energy vs. compatibility” argument, which might be extra understandable for a large viewers (although much less particular for a technical one).

Winner: ChatGPT manages to clarify either side of the talk effectively with out counting on complicated jargon, so it will get the win right here.


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