Google employees label AI chatbot Bard ‘worse than useless’ and ‘a pathological liar’: report

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Google employees repeatedly criticized the company’s chatbot Bard in internal messages, labeling the system “a pathological liar” and beseeching the company not to launch it.

That’s according to an eye-opening report from Bloomberg Referring to discussions with 18 current and former Google workers, as well as screenshots of internal messages. In these internal discussions, one employee noted how Bard would frequently give users dangerous advice, whether on topics like how to land a plane or scuba diving. Another said, “Cold is worse than useless: please do not launch.” Bloomberg says the company even “overruled a risk evaluation” submitted by an internal safety team saying the system was not ready for general use. Google opened up early access…

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