Google’s artificial intelligence chatbot ‘Bard’ now has the ability to understand YouTube videos. According to a post on the company’s Bard updates page, the chatbot can “specifically” understand some video content so that users can have a “richer conversation” about it.
The latest update comes as part of the Bard Extensions that Google introduced for its large language model (LLM) back in September, which also included an extension for YouTube that allowed users to ask the AI when looking for videos. Now, the tech giant is expanding the YouTube Extension, enabling users to ask the chatbot specific questions about the content of videos.
Users Can Ask Bard To Summarize The Contents Of A YouTube Video While Watching It
Google also provided an example where if you were watching a video on how to make olive oil cake, you could simply ask Bard how many eggs the recipe in the video requires. Similarly, say you’re watching a travel video and notice a cafe or restaurant, you could ask Bard where it is located.
For the last two weeks, Google has been experimenting with new generative AI features for Bard that can be opted-in by YouTube Premium subscribers. The feature presents the video-sharing platform’s premium customers with a Bard-powered chatbot that can summarize videos, recommend related content, and specify more about the contents of a given video.
The conversational tool leverages information from YouTube and the internet to generate answers. Users can ask the LLM questions about the video they are currently watching, and the conversation can happen as the video progresses. Meanwhile, there is a comments summarizer tool that provides viewers with an overview of what people have been discussing by organizing the topics into a summary.
Teenagers Can Now Access Bard AI In “Most Countries” If They Meet The Age Requirements
Google also announced that it is rolling out access to Bard for teens in most countries across the world, with safety guardrails in place. The company specified that the chatbot will be available for those who meet the minimum age requirements to manage their own Google Account and are well-versed in English.
The company says Bard has been trained to recognize areas of the web that are inappropriate for younger users and has put safety features in place to prevent unsafe content “such as illegal or age-gated substances” from appearing in its responses to teenagers.
When a teenager asks Bard a fact-based question, the model will run the “double-check response” feature that evaluates whether there is content across the web to substantiate its response. Google says Bard will continuously recommend teens to use the double-check tool as a way to “help them develop information literacy and critical thinking skills”.
Google is also providing an AI Literacy Guide that contains a video with tips on how to use generative AI “responsibly” and an overview of how Bard Activity is used.
Teens can ask Bard for writing tips for a speech, suggest what universities they can apply to, or ways to learn a new sport. They can type or upload a math equation and Bard will present them with the answer and a step-by-step explanation of the formula. The AI can also generate charts from tables or data mentioned in a prompt.
Google said Bard is being positioned as a tool that teens can use to “find inspiration, discover new hobbies, and solve everyday problems”.