I signed up for a test account for Google’s Bard chatbot. I find it to be mildly amusing. For example, a question about the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow led to a discussion about the Bridge of Death and the Gorge of Eternal Peril.
I asked it, “Who’s going to win the war in Ukraine,” and it gave me three paragraphs of a kind of wishy-washy answer; so I said, “ Come come come, you have a huge computing resource, put a numeric percentage to your answer.” And it gave me a one sentence answer with a specific percentage number. Quite unexpected considering my question.
Then I asked it “Is Republic Wireless going to survive as a company?” This is what I got back:
“It is difficult to say whether Republic Wireless will survive as a company. The company has been struggling financially for some time, and it has been losing customers to its competitors. However, the company has also made some changes in recent months, which may help it to turn things around. It is too early to say whether these changes will be enough, but the company is still in business, and it is possible that it will be able to survive.
Here are some of the factors that could affect Republic Wireless’s chances of survival:
- The company’s financial situation: Republic Wireless has been losing money for several years, and it has a large amount of debt. The company’s financial situation is a major concern, and it will need to improve if the company is to survive.
- The company’s competition: Republic Wireless faces stiff competition from major wireless carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. These companies have a lot of resources, and they are able to offer competitive prices and services. Republic Wireless will need to find ways to compete with these companies if it is to survive.
- The company’s changes: Republic Wireless has made some changes in recent months, such as offering new plans and services. These changes may help the company to attract new customers and improve its financial situation. However, it is too early to say whether these changes will be enough to save the company.
Overall, it is difficult to say whether Republic Wireless will survive as a company. The company faces a number of challenges, but it has also made some changes that may help it to turn things around. It is too early to say whether these changes will be enough, but the company is still in business, and it is possible that it will be able to survive.”
Then I again asked it for a numeric percentage and this was its reply: “Based on the information I have access to, I would estimate that the probability of Republic Wireless surviving as a company is 30%. This is a subjective estimate, and it is important to note that the situation is fluid and the probability could change.”
Apparently, anyone with a Google account wanting to try it can go to bard.google.com and request access. For me access was granted in three days.