Google’s Bard can now pull information from your Google products like Gmail and Docs for better planning and responses.
Google announced the launch of Bard Extensions which will allow users to get relevant information from other Google products including Gmail, Maps, and Google Flights to get more accurate or comprehensive responses. Outlining a use case, the official blog post said:
If you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon (a project that takes up many tabs), you can now ask Bard to grab the dates that work for everyone from Gmail, look up real-time flight and hotel information, see Google Maps directions to the airport, and even watch YouTube videos of things to do there — all within one conversation.
The blog post also announces numerous other improvements and features, including Bard’s ability to do better Googling.
Notably, Google has made updates to the PaLM 2 model, which is their most capable LLM yet. The updates can be tested live on the Bard platform.
The integration with Google Workspace or individual Google products was something foreseen by many, and it will certainly allow users to look at Bard with an assistant more than a ChatGPT-like conversational chatbot.
With these capabilities, it becomes easier to pull account-wide data that you have access to, including your emails and calendar, for example. This is one way in which Google’s Bard is considerably different from OpenAI’s ChatGPT because it has an entire ecosystem that can be used to feed data to it.