Google has announced the launch of a new version of its Bard AI-powered chatbot, specifically designed for teenagers. In a recent blog post, Google revealed that teenagers around the world who meet the minimum age requirement to have their own Google account will now have access to Bard. Initially available in English, Bard will gradually introduce support for more languages in the future.
To access Bard, users in the United States must be at least 13 years old. However, the minimum age requirement varies between 13 and 16 years old for users in other countries, depending on local laws.
The Head of Product for Responsible AI at Google, Tulsee Doshi, highlighted some of the potential uses for Bard. Teenagers can rely on Bard to find inspiration, explore new hobbies, and solve everyday problems. For instance, they can ask Bard for writing tips to deliver a class president speech, get suggestions on which universities to apply to, or learn how to play a new sport like pickleball.
Moreover, Google is enhancing Bard's capabilities by introducing a math learning experience. Users can simply type or upload a picture of a math equation, and Bard will not only provide the answer but also offer step-by-step explanations on how to solve it. Bard can handle various mathematical concepts, such as algebraic equations, derivatives, integrals, and graphing functions.
Bard is also gaining new data-visualization capabilities. It can generate charts based on tables or data provided in a prompt. For instance, if a teen wants to see their volunteer hours across a few months displayed in a bar chart, Bard can easily create one.
Prior to launching Bard for teenagers, Google consulted with child safety and development experts. The company has implemented safety features and guardrails to ensure that inappropriate content, like illegal substances or age-restricted materials, does not appear in Bard's responses to teens.
It's worth noting that Google, along with Meta Platforms, TikTok, and Snap, recently faced multidistrict product-liability litigation in federal court. This litigation involved hundreds of cases filed by individuals and school districts alleging that social media platforms are harmful to children and adolescents. However, these companies have denied any wrongdoing.