Google’s AI-powered chatbot, Bard, is expanding its capabilities by integrating with Gmail, Docs, and Drive to provide users with a more comprehensive and efficient search experience. This new feature enables Bard to sift through emails and documents, offering assistance in locating specific information or summarizing content. Users can also request Bard to extract key points from stored documents in Google Drive, simplifying the task of sorting through a multitude of files. While these extensions, or integrations, offer a range of potential use cases, they are currently available only in English.
Addressing privacy concerns, Google emphasizes that the data accessed by Bard will not be used to train its public model nor will it be visible to human reviewers. Users have full control over these integrations, with Google requesting opt-in consent, and the ability to disable them at any time.
Bard’s capabilities don’t stop at email and document management. Google has announced that the chatbot will also integrate with Maps, YouTube, and Google Flights. This means users can utilize Bard to retrieve real-time flight information, discover nearby attractions, and even surface YouTube videos on specific topics. Unlike the Gmail, Docs, and Drive integrations, these extensions will be enabled by default.
Google is also introducing several enhancements to Bard’s functionality. The “Google It” button, previously used to search for related topics on Google, will now provide a valuable feature: it will indicate whether Bard’s responses are corroborated or contradicted by Google Search results. Verified information will be highlighted in green, while unvalidated responses will be in orange. This feature helps users evaluate the accuracy of Bard’s answers more easily.
Additionally, Google is introducing a feature that allows users to continue a conversation with Bard based on a shared link. This feature enables users to build on questions and discussions initiated by others, streamlining collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Since its introduction in February, Bard has seen continuous development, with Google adding various features over time. These include code generation and debugging capabilities, as well as functions for Google Sheets. More recently, Google integrated Google Lens into Bard, enabling users to brainstorm captions for images and access additional information about them.
The expansion of Bard’s capabilities into the realms of email, document management, and additional Google services underscores Google’s commitment to improving user interactions with AI-driven tools. With its ever-growing suite of features, Bard promises to be a versatile assistant for a wide range of tasks, from research and data analysis to content creation and travel planning. Users can expect these enhancements to provide a more seamless and productive experience when interacting with the AI chatbot.
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