• Based on the LaMDA AI language model, Google Bard was officially released on February 6, 2023, with user access granted on March 21, 2023.
  • In March 2023, Google Bard garnered 30 million monthly visits, predominantly from US and UK users.
  • LaMDA was trained on the Infiniset dataset, containing 1.56 trillion words and 137 billion parameters.
  • The anticipated global reach for Google Bard is 1 billion consumers, one out of every eight people worldwide.
  • Integrating Google Bard into Google Search may cost an estimated $3 billion in extra costs by 2024.

Google Bard has taken the world by storm since its release. This blog post will dive deep into Google Bard statistics, including its release timeline, user demographics, and technical details. We’ll also explore the future predictions for Bard and its impact on Google Search.

Google Bard Statistics in Brief (As of April 2023)

FactData
Release TimelineFebruary 6, 2023 (Official Release), March 21, 2023 (Access Granted)
Language SupportUS English
The Basis for Google BardLaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications)
Costs$0.003 to $0.028 on top of base search cost of ~$0.003 per query

Release Timeline

Official Release Date

Google Bard was officially announced on February 6, 2023, by Google [1].

Access Granted

Users were given access to Google Bard on March 21, 2023, which significantly increased its usage and popularity [2].

Language Support

At the moment, Google Bard supports only one language, US English. However, more languages are expected to be added in future updates to cater to a broader global audience [3].

The Basis for Google Bard: LaMDA

Google Bard is based on the AI-Language Model LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications). LaMDA is a powerful and versatile model that allows Bard to have more engaging and dynamic conversations with users [2].

Estimated Cost per query

Analysts at UBS estimated that for every search query Google triggers its AI chatbot Bard, Alphabet will incur $0.003 to $0.028 in incremental costs on top of its base search cost of ~$0.003 per query, as of Mar 2023. (source: mediapost.com).

Google Bard User Statistics

FactsData
Regional AccessUS and UK
Monthly Visits30 million (March 2023)
User DemographicsUS (62.6%), UK (8.29%), China (3.22%)
Interests of the UsersMajority of the users are interested in programming and software development, computer electronics, and tech.
Average Visit Duration3.19 minutes

Since its release, Google Bard has attracted millions of users. Let’s take a closer look at the user statistics:

Regional Access

Google Bard is currently accessible to users in the US and UK. Google is working on opening Bard’s access to other countries as well [1]. 

Monthly Visits

In March 2023, the platform had crossed 30 million monthly visits, with the highest number of US visitors (62.6%) and UK (8.29%). Surprisingly, a small percentage of users (3.22%) are from China [4].

User Interests

Most Google Bard users are interested in programming, Software Development, Computer Electronics, and Technology news and topics [4].

Average Visit Duration

Users typically spend an average of 3.19 minutes per visit on the platform [4].

Google Bard Statistics: Technical Aspects

FactDetails
LaMDA’s Training DatasetInfiniset
Infiniset Dataset Composition1.56 trillion words, 137 billion parameters
Pretraining Text Data Size750 GB
Information Updates and SourcesConstantly gathers information from the internet

Now, let’s delve into some technical aspects of Google Bard.

LaMDA’s Training Dataset: Infiniset

LaMDA was trained on the Infiniset dataset, which contains about 1.56 trillion words and has 137 billion parameters. The Infiniset dataset is a vast and diverse collection of text data (which takes 750 GB of storage) that makes the model more knowledgeable and versatile [5].

Infiniset Dataset Composition

Infiniset is composed of the following sources:

  • 12.5% C4-based data
  • 12.5% English language Wikipedia
  • 12.5% code documents from programming Q&A websites, tutorials, and others
  • 6.25% English web documents
  • 6.25% Non-English web documents
  • 50% dialogs data from public forums

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Information Updates and Sources

Google Bard continuously gathers information from the internet to provide users with the most up-to-date information and base its replies on current facts [2].

Google Bard: The Road Ahead

Anticipated Reach

According to SEMrush, Google currently has 4.3 billion users worldwide [6], and it’s anticipated that Google Bard could reach 1 billion consumers worldwide. That means nearly one out of every eight people around the globe may eventually use Google Bard.

Bard’s Google Search Integration

Integrating ChatGPT-like functionality into Google Search could significantly impact how users interact with the search engine. It is estimated, by SemiAnalysis, that the same might cost Google $3 billion in extra costs by 2024 [7].

Upcoming Improvements

On 31st March 2023, in an interview with The New York Times, Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised upgrades with more capable PaLM models soon [8]. 

Integrating a more advanced PaLM model into Google Bard will help address its current limitations and improve its overall performance, making it an even more powerful and versatile tool for users.

Google’s Caution with AI?

Google may withhold advanced AI models or AI tools, like PaLM, due to a focus on responsible innovation. Sundar Pichai alludes to plans for integrating Bard with the robust PaLM model [8]. 

Google’s caution may stem from Bard’s past blunder, which inaccurately answered a James Webb Telescope query, causing a $120 billion market value loss [9, 10].

Conclusion

Google Bard has made a remarkable impact since its release, attracting millions of users and generating impressive statistics. With its basis in the powerful LaMDA model, Bard is poised for continued growth and improvement. 

What are your thoughts on the future of Google Bard and its potential implications? Share your insights in the comments below.

References

  1. https://blog.google/technology/ai/try-bard/?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=og&utm_content=&utm_term=
  2. https://blog.google/technology/ai/bard-google-ai-search-updates/
  3. https://bard.google.com/faq
  4. https://www.similarweb.com/website/bard.google.com/#overview
  5. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2201.08239.pdf
  6. https://www.semrush.com/blog/google-search-statistics/#how-many-people-use-google
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bard_(chatbot)#cite_note-ChromeOS-18
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/31/podcasts/hard-fork-sundar.html
  9. https://twitter.com/Google/status/1622710355775393793?s=20
  10. https://www.reuters.com/technology/google-ai-chatbot-bard-offers-inaccurate-information-company-ad-2023-02-08