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Bard’s new features: Google apps integration powers up AI assistant

Discover how Bard, Google’s version of ChatGPT, flexes its muscles by seamlessly connecting with Google apps and services.

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Bard, Google’s version of ChatGPT, has been hitting the virtual gym and has come back with some new tricks.

Google Bard is now integrating with Google apps and services, which sounds great on paper, but let’s break down what it really means:

  • Fact-Checking Feature: Bard’s “Google it” function has been beefed up to cross-check its answers for accuracy and reliability. Good news if you’re tired of sifting through “alternative facts,” but remember, even Google doesn’t have all the answers.
  • Expanded Reach: Bard is now accessible in more places. It’s handy if you need information on the go, but potentially annoying if you start getting unsolicited advice.

Enter Bard Extensions

The big news is the introduction of Bard Extensions. These allow Bard to pull relevant info from the Google tools you use daily, such as Gmail, Docs, Drive, Google Maps, YouTube, and even Google Flights and Hotels.

Sounds convenient, but remember, with great power comes great responsibility (to protect your data).

Planning a Trip? Bard Wants In!

Imagine planning a trip to the Grand Canyon. Normally, you’d have multiple tabs open, trying to juggle all the details. With Bard, you can ask it to:

  1. Fetch suitable dates from your Gmail
  2. Look up real-time flight and hotel info
  3. Provide Google Maps directions to the airport
  4. Suggest YouTube videos of activities at the Grand Canyon

All within a single conversation. It’s like having a digital concierge but without the fancy uniform.

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But let’s not forget the potential downside. With Bard pulling information from multiple apps and services, privacy concerns are bound to arise. And while it’s handy to have all this info in one place, there’s always the risk of information overload.

So, is Bard the future of AI assistance, or just another gimmick trying to worm its way into our lives? Who knows, but for now, it’s an intriguing option for those willing to trade a bit of privacy for convenience.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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