As reported on Tuesday by The New Your Times’ Nico Grant,

Google [has] unveiled a plan to leapfrog ChatGPT by connecting Bard to its most popular consumer services, such as Gmail, Docs and YouTube. With the new features, Google took a step toward tying Bard into the company’s vast constellation of online products.

Though Bard has not received as much attention as ChatGPT, Google’s A.I. tool has gone from being a chatbot also-ran to a close contender. In August, Bard had nearly 200 million desktop and mobile web visits, closely trailing ChatGPT, according to data from Similarweb, a data analysis firm.”

More than ChatGPT, Google’s Bard solution for businesses includes a Google component that automatically checks for accuracy across the Google search data base.

I headed over to Bard to see how things worked.

I asked Bard to create a draft email to lawyers new to using an AI powered assistant in their legal blogging.

I explained I wanted to convey how AI assisted blogging can advance secondary law; how AI does not write for the lawyer but amplifies their insight and voice; how AI assisted blogging makes legal information and legal services more accessible; and how how AI assisted blogging improves the lives of lawyers and their families.

Bard’s email template limited what I could say, but prompted Bard by telling Bard it was an expert highly skilled at writing a compelling email that is read and responded.

The draft I received was pretty good and highlighted items it cross checked on Google.

With editing and a little clean up, especially so the email had my feel, I could see using an email like this.

Here’s the explanations of the Google search check of some of the copy. Not foolproof, but enough to provide some comfort level with hallucinations.

Gmail with Bard also suggested similar topics I may want to check out, such as “Benefits of AI assistant for legal blogging.” Who knew.

Just a start, but with the user numbers Google has, you can see how AI is going to quickly advance.