Yesterday, Google kicked off its annual developer convention, Google I/O, with a two-hour keynote principally centered on AI, regardless of having its maiden foldable machine to speak about. The corporate’s newest generative AI chatbot, Google Bard, was a significant speaking level on the occasion. Google introduced its expanded geographic availability, however individuals within the EU nonetheless can not entry it. So, what provides?

Since Google began pouring efforts into growing Bard, it restricted the take a look at pool to customers within the US, that too solely by invitation. There was a waitlist you had to join. At I/O, Google introduced Bard is rolling out to 180 new international locations with help for English, and eradicating the waitlist fully. Japanese and Korean are additionally supported now, and different new languages ​​are within the pipeline. Nevertheless, after Google printed the entire record of those 180 international locations, it grew to become instantly obvious not a single member of the European Union was on the record, as 9to5Google factors out.


Google hasn’t defined itself, however the writing is on the wall — knowledge privateness legal guidelines just like the GDPR enforced by the EU may very well be the most important purpose. Google is usually out and in of scorching water within the EU due to its insurance policies conflicting with native rules. When the corporate lately mentioned it desires to make sure Bard complies with native rules earlier than increasing additional, it was maybe alluding to the challenges of taking Bard to the EU.

Utilizing the outcomes of the unique US-restricted take a look at, Google discovered Bard severely messing up responses to logical and mathematical queries. Because of this, the corporate fused a specialised ML mannequin with Bard’s conversational AI to enhance its logic talents. Nevertheless, a disclaimer beneath the immediate field on Bard’s web site nonetheless says it might show “inaccurate or offensive info.” Regardless of the enhancements, maybe we have to look ahead to that warning to go away earlier than seeing growth within the EU.

That mentioned, when you reside within the US or any of the 180 international locations the place Bard is obtainable, it is best to take the chatbot for a spin. Even when you’re within the EU, you possibly can spoof your location with a VPN to entry the software. It needs to be definitely worth the effort contemplating all of the thrilling new options coming to Bard within the close to future.