AI experts have noted that Google’s AI chatbot Bard made a factual error in its very first demo.
A GIF shared by Google shows Bard answering the question: “What discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9-year-old about?”
Bard offered three bullet points in return, including one that states that the telescope “took the very first pictures of a planet outside of our solar system.”
However, several astronomers on Twitter pointed out that this is incorrect and that the first image of an exoplanet was taken in 2004 — as stated here on NASA’s website.
A major problem for AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Bard is their tendency to confidently state incorrect information as fact.
According to a report by The Verge, AI chatbots are probabilistic, not deterministic — a trait that has led one prominent AI professor to label them “bullshit generators.”