We bring you a comparison of the differences between the most prominent AI chats, which are Google Bard, ChatGPT, and Bing Chat. We are going to compare the three free versions, so we will not count ChatGPT Plus with GPT-4, but the version with GPT-3.5 that is offered for free, while Google Bard uses PaLM 2.
The idea of this article is to let you know what you can do with one or the other so that you can understand the main differences.
In this article, we are going to focus on the things that Bard can do that the other two cannot, do or the things that it does differently. Google’s AI is not always going to come out on top, but it’s to let you know what it offers compared to its other opponents.
Access to up-to-date data
If you’re going to use an AI chat to get answers to your questions, this chat must be up to date. For example, if you want to ask about a recent event, the chat should have data about it.
In this regard, ChatGPT is not up to date, and its knowledge was last updated in September 2021. Meanwhile, Google Bard and Bing Chat do provide up-to-date information with recent events relying on the content they find in their search engine.
Transparency in sources
Is it possible to know where these chats get their information from? Well, it depends on which one you use. Bing Chat is by far the most transparent since at the end of each answer it gives you the sources from which it has obtained the information.
Google Bard has an option to Google the question you have asked, so you can see the normal results of where the information is obtained, although it is not so transparent in saying where it gets each piece of information. ChatGPT, on the other hand, offers no clue as to where it got the information from.
Explaining the content of a website or article
All three AI bots are capable of explaining the content of a website or link to you. You simply have to ask it to explain what it is about by adding the URL to the article or web page in question, and it will give you a summary.
If there is an answer that does not convince you, Bard has the option to view the other drafts. This means that you can see up to three answers it generated for you before choosing one, and you can explore the others in case you like them better.
Bing Chat and ChatGPT will not display these drafts. However, as an alternative, you will be able to ask them to rewrite it by specifying how you want to change the result. This can also be done with Bard.
ChatGPT was the first major AI chat to come to us, and interaction with it is purely textual. However, Bard and Bing Chat allow you to dictate your prompts with audio messages, making it easier to use them when you don’t want to type.
Edit your prompt
Bard offers you the opportunity to edit your written prompts without having to rewrite them. When you do so, the result of the response will also change. This can be useful when writing long prompts and you only want to change small things about them.
ChatGPT and Bing Chat cannot do this. With them, you will have to simply copy the prompt you want, modify it and retype it as a new prompt. But the results are not updated in your feed, they just appear new with the new prompt information.
Typing in text formats
While Bing Chat and ChatGPT cannot, Google Bard can create texts with specific text formats. For example, it can write to you in Word, PDF, or HTML format to make it easier to copy and paste.
Languages you can use in
Here comes the point where Bard loses out, the languages in which it can be used. Bard is only available in English at the moment, and it could be a while before it starts to be usable in other languages.
In the meantime, ChatGPT and Bing Chat can be used in Spanish and many other languages, including several of Spain’s languages. You can also use it in languages such as French, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, or Italian among many others.
One of the advantages of Bard over its two competitors is that it can give explanations of codes. This can help you if you are learning programming since you can paste a code and ask it to generate a detailed explanation or ask questions about it.
If you are going to use Google Bard with a Google account that indicates you are a minor, you will find that access is restricted to those under the age of 18. This means that only those of legal age will be able to use Google’s AI.
According to the company, this is because they want to have their own AI principles, which include minors not being able to do tasks with the help of an assistant that does it for them. Meanwhile, for the moment Bing Chat and ChatGPT do not have these restrictions.
Different typing styles
All three AI bots allow you to create content with different writing styles. There is no difference here, you will simply have to specify the style you want in the prompt you write to them.
In addition to this, all three are also capable of explaining things to you by interpreting a character. Here perhaps Bard is a bit behind in the interpretation, it doesn’t get too wet when it comes to characterizing the character, but it can do it.
Plan your trips with AI
And finally, there are also some differences when it comes to planning trips with AI. In all three you will be able to ask the chat to tell you the highlights of a destination you are going to, so you can get ideas to organize the places you go on the trip.
However, Bard and Bing Chat can search for flights and transportation for specific days between specific cities. Here, Bing Chat comes out on top, showing you in the format of a travel configuration module, although Bard gives you the results and schedules directly.