Google’s Bard AI chatbot can now answer your questions in real time, as previously spotted by 9to5Google. Previously, Bard only sent a response when it was complete, but now you can preview your response as it is generated.
If you don’t want Bard to answer your questions in real time, you can always toggle between the “Reply in real time” and “Reply when done” options from the cog icon in the upper right corner from Bard’s window. Bing Chat, Microsoft’s AI chatbot, also responds in real time.
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If you don’t like the generated response, Google now lets you cut off the robot mid-sentence. When Bard begins generating a response, you will see a “Skip Response” button that appears above the dialog box. Press it and Bard will stop generating his answer, allowing you to enter another question or regenerate his answer without having to wait for the full answer.
If you’re waiting for the response, you can always tap the “Show other drafts” button to see Bard’s alternative responses. Google also lets you edit the answer to be more “casual” or “professional”, and you can also check all answers against the search information by clicking the Google logo in the bottom menu bar.
Along with these features, Google introduced a few other updates, including a way to see uploaded images in shared conversations. Additionally, Bard can now summarize more of your emails at once if you use it with Gmail, and Google says it can also “better understand” when you need the latest emails.