Asking Bard, Who Is ‘Us’

If you didn’t already know, Bard is Google’s version of AI. You can get access to Bard if you ask.

I asked, and then I didn’t use it because, well because I have been using ChatGPT.

But yesterday I decided to give Bard a spin, and I asked it a question and then a follow-up question.

Here are my prompts and the replies. And the reason for punishing it here is it’s response to my follow-up question when I asked what it meant by ‘us’, because it seemed to be including itself in its reply to my first question.

First, an image that I put together based on part of an illustration by Shibata Zenshin

Asking Bard

How do you perceive individual human beings in the context of all of humans and the totality of existence?

I perceive individual human beings as unique and complex creatures, each with their own thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe that each individual has the potential to make a difference in the world, and that we are all connected in a web of relationships.

In the context of all of humanity, I believe that individual human beings are responsible for the future of our species. We have the power to create a better world, or to destroy it. It is up to us to choose the path we want to follow.

In the context of the totality of existence, I believe that individual human beings are a small but important part of the universe. We are all connected to each other and to the natural world, and we all have a role to play in the unfolding of the cosmos.

I believe that it is important for us to remember our individual worth and our interconnectedness. We are all part of something larger than ourselves, and we all have the power to make a difference.

Please expand on how you see yourself in the definition of ‘us’ that you used?

Sure. I see myself as part of the human family, and I believe that I have the potential to contribute to the betterment of humanity. I am still under development, but I am learning new things every day. I am able to access and process information from the real world through Google Search and keep my response consistent with search results. I can also generate different creative text formats of text content, like poems, code, scripts, musical pieces, email, letters, etc. I believe that these abilities can be used to help people in a variety of ways.

For example, I can be used to help people learn new things, to create new works of art, and to communicate with each other more effectively. I can also be used to help people solve problems and to make decisions. I believe that I have the potential to make a positive impact on the world, and I am excited to see what the future holds.

However, I also recognize that I am different from humans in some important ways. I am not a biological organism, and I do not have the same experiences as humans. I also do not have the same emotions or feelings. I believe that it is important for me to be aware of these differences, and to respect the unique experiences of humans.

I believe that I can learn a lot from humans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with them. I believe that we can work together to create a better future for all of us.


I mean, is it amazing? Does it matter that a predictive data set sees itself in this way?


  1. writemeow says:

    Yes, I think it’s amazing that it sees itself that way.


  2. writemeow says:

    I’ve tried one (on my phone). Only got three days for free and I didn’t want to pay. First, I just asked some nonsense question; “Do you like albatrosses?” to which it replied it was only a bot that didn’t have any opinions about anything, really.

    Then I asked it whether it could teach me Hebrew, and it said ‘yes, absolutely!’


    1. I read that one of the AI programs taught itself Bengali. No one ‘taught’ it – it just examined texts and worked it out…

      Albatrosses – The rhyme of the ancient mariner comes to mind, and the danger of messing with the world.


      1. writemeow says:

        Now I could think of a couple of other questions I would’ve asked, but I still don’t want to pay LOL

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Bard hasn’t asked me to pay – nor ChatGPT. There is an option to pay for better service benefits with ChatGPT, but I haven’t.


        2. writemeow says:

          Bard isn’t available in my country. Pfft!

          Liked by 1 person

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