According to CNBC, Google employees have been evaluating a number of potential ChatGPT rivals as part of the tech giant's attempt to counter OpenAI's technology.

One of the items the business is developing is a chatbot called "Apprentice Bard" that makes use of Google's LaMDA conversation engine, according to information provided by CNBC.

It appears that Google management directed the LaMDA team to emphasize work on a ChatGPT rival, informing them that it takes priority over all other projects and even forbidding them from attending irrelevant meetings.

In that a user can put a query or a prompt into a text box and then receive a written response, Apprentice Bard is said to look and work similarly to ChatGPT.

According to a recently published New York Times report, Google CEO Sundar Pichai declared "code red" and pushed AI development in order to launch at least 20 AI-powered products this year.

Google is also said to be testing a new search page with a question-and-answer structure. The experimental home page replaces "I'm feeling lucky" under the search bar with five potential question prompts. The page generates human-like responses in gray bubbles after a user fills in their query.

These responses are followed by suggested follow-up queries, then the standard search results with links and headlines. Additionally, Alphabet's cloud division is working on a project dubbed "Atlas" Although CNBC did not have specifics, it is still apparently a part of Google's "code red" initiatives.

Since ChatGPT only has a limited understanding of events that occurred after 2021, CNBC claims it has samples showing the bot can provide replies that include information about recent events. In one instance, Apprentice Bard was able to predict if Google would do another round of layoffs.

It was last year reported that a former engineer at the company who claimed that Google's LaMDA technology had developed sentience was sacked.

At this time, it is unknown which of Google's projects will be made public. During an all-hands meeting to discuss the business's response to ChatGPT, Google AI chief Jeff Dean informed staff that the company is moving "more conservatively than a small startup."

After all, misleading consumers will have a considerably greater impact on a well-known corporation like Google. Indeed, The Times recently reported that when it comes to the creation of its search chatbot, Google prioritizes safety, accuracy, and filtering out falsehoods.

However, if reports that Microsoft is integrating ChatGPT's technology into Bing as soon as March are true, we'll also likely see Google's search chatbot not too long from now.