Google denies using OpenAI’s ChatGPT data to train its AI chatbot, Bard, according to a statement released by the company in response to a report by The Information. The report alleged that a former Google AI researcher had warned the company against using the data from ChatGPT, but Google had ignored the warning and used it anyway. The report also stated that Google was forcing its DeepMind division to help the Google Brain team in developing a new initiative called Gemini to beat OpenAI.
Bard, which was launched recently, has had a disappointing start, prompting Google to take steps to improve the fortunes of its AI chatbots. The company has denied using data from ChatGPT to train Bard, stating that “Bard is not trained on any data from ShareGPT or ChatGPT,” according to spokesperson Chris Pappas.
The report by The Information also stated that Google AI engineer Jacob Devlin had left Google to join OpenAI after warning the company against using ChatGPT data. The report alleged that Devlin had warned Google that using the data would violate OpenAI’s terms of service and that the answers generated by Bard would be too similar to those generated by ChatGPT. The report also stated that Google had stopped using the data after Devlin’s warnings.
It remains unclear whether Google actually used the ChatGPT data to train Bard or not. However, the report sheds light on Google’s efforts to improve its AI chatbots by enlisting the help of its DeepMind division. DeepMind, which has been struggling to become more independent from Google, has been tasked with helping the Google Brain team develop the Gemini initiative to beat OpenAI.
The allegations made in The Information’s report raise questions about the ethics of using rival data to train AI chatbots. While companies are often in competition with one another, the use of data obtained through questionable means could be seen as a violation of trust and ethical standards.
The use of AI chatbots has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many companies using them to improve customer service and streamline operations.