Google has now announced the expansion of its Artificial Intelligence(AI) chatbot Bard in Swahili, the first African language included.
On Thursday, Google said that Bard’s support for Swahili is part of 40 new languages and 59 new countries , describing it as the Chatbot’s largest expansion to date.
Bard the AI, is now available in mostly widely spoken languages, including Swahili, Chinese, German, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi and Spanish.
Users can access Bard in their preferred languages with text-to-speech also enabled in 8 languages.
“The launch of Bard in Swahili is a major milestone as it allows Bard to reach even more people in Africa, where approximately 150 million people speak Swahili. This makes Bard more accessible to everyone in the region , and we believe that it has the potential to be a powerful tool for creativity and learning,” Said Rachael Ndichu, Language Manager at Google.
Other updates to the AI include listen-to-responses which are available in over 40 languages , which will come in handy if a user wants to hear the correct pronunciation of a word or listen to a poem or script.
The AI users can also adjust Bard’s responses y changing the tone and style of its responses to five different options: simple, long, short, profession, or casual.
Google announced that the feature is live in English and will now expand to new languages in the coming weeks.
Bard users can now pin and rename their conversations with the chatbot for easier revisiting of conversations that contain important information.
Additionally, users will also be able to share responses with friends using shareable links, making it easier to collaborate on projects or get feedback on ideas. One can also upload images with prompts to the chatbot.
Bard was launched in March, to rival ChatGPT, the AI chatbot by the Microsoft company OpenAI.