Google Bard adds Swahili in big coup for the conversational AI service

Google has made a significant announcement on Thursday, introducing Swahili to Google Bard, its conversational AI service.

JOHANNESBURG – Google has made a significant announcement on Thursday, introducing Swahili to Google Bard, its conversational AI service.

Bard is an experimental chat service by Google, designed to function similarly to ChatGPT, with the distinction that Google’s service sources its information from the web.

The expansion of Bard now extends its availability to over 40 languages and 59 new countries and territories.

Swahili becomes the first African language to be included in Bard’s repertoire.

Alongside this expansion, Google has introduced new features that offer users more customization options, enhanced creativity, and increased productivity.

“We’re excited that this is Bard’s largest expansion to date – we see its global availability as a great democratizer of knowledge,” said Dorothy Ooko, head of Communications and Public Affairs, SSA, Google.

Dorothy Ooko is currently Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Africa at Google. 
FILE: Dorothy Ooko is currently Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Africa at Google. 

The main goal of Google Bard is to encourage curiosity and augment the imagination of users, helping them explore their ideas and bring them to fruition.

By leveraging the vast information available on the web, Bard goes beyond merely answering questions, assisting users in building on their ideas.

Rachael Ndichu, Language Manager at Google, emphasized the significance of adding Swahili to Bard, considering that approximately 150 million people in Africa speak the language.

This expansion makes Google Bard more accessible to a broader audience in the region and holds the potential to be a powerful tool for creativity and learning.

With the addition of Swahili, Bard is now available in most regions globally, including countries in the European Union, and supports widely spoken languages such as Chinese, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Hindi.

Google aims to cater to a diverse user base by enabling access to Google Bard in their preferred languages, with text-to-speech functionality enabled in eight languages.

As part of the recent updates, Google Bard introduces the ability to listen to responses in over 40 languages.

Users can now hear Bard’s responses by clicking on the sound icon, which is especially helpful for understanding the correct pronunciation of words or enjoying the delivery of a poem or script.

Additionally, users can customize Bard’s responses by adjusting the tone and style with options like simple, long, short, professional, or casual.

While this feature is currently available in English, it is set to expand to other languages soon.

Google’s continuous expansion of Bard, along with its focus on inclusivity and enhanced user experience, demonstrates the company’s commitment to empowering users around the world with accessible and intelligent conversational AI technology.

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