On Monday, the head of Alphabet, John Hennessy, revealed the reason behind Google's reluctance to announce the artificial intelligence application Bard, a competitor to ChatGPT, over the past few days.
He said the announcement of the app, which finally went public last week, was meant to show that the company has similar technology to ChatGPT, although it still has a long way to go before a final product is ready.
Hennessy, who has served as chairman of Google's parent company since 2018, added: "Google was hesitant to turn Bard into a product because it didn't think it was ready yet, but it's a great piece of technology." He went on to say that he believes that generative AI is still one to two years away from being a really useful tool for the broader audience.
Hennessy was speaking at a summit held by venture capital firm Celesta Capital in Mountain View, California.
Hennessy has a long history in the field of technology, including his work as a professor, researcher, and founder of companies, and he also served as president of Stanford University from 2000 to 2016, according to CNBC, and Al Arabiya.net viewed it.
Hennessey noted that Google has been pressured amid the sudden surge of interest in ChatGPT.
Last week, Google launched its response to ChatGPT, with the announcement of Bard. However, the announcement seemed hasty to match Microsoft's disclosure of the integration of artificial intelligence technology "ChatGPT" in its search engine, "Bing", which prompted investors to aggressively sell the shares, and led to a decline in "Google" shares by 9% on the day of the announcement.
Hennessy said that Google was slow to roll out its ChatGPT competitor in part because it still gave the wrong answers.
He also pointed out that a new technology cannot be presented to users, which may provide wrong answers or toxic content, especially since the founding generation of the Internet considered such things as "outcasts".
Hennessy added that he was impressed with the capabilities of ChatGPT, especially with the exponential growth of the app, which exceeded expectations.
In a related context, Hennessy stressed that the current time is suitable for startups in "Silicon Valley" to take advantage of the recruitment of talent laid off from giant technology companies.
"One of the great things about Silicon Valley is that you can't rest on your old laurels because some new startup will come in and give you a chance to explore new areas for growth," he said.