Bard AI answers wrong and value of shares drop with $100bn

Google AI was promoted in an advert designed to show off its new AI bot (Bard). Unfortunately Bard answered a query incorrectly. On Twitter last Monday, the bot was asked about what to tell a nine-year-old about discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope. It offered the response that the telescope was the first to take pictures of a planet outside the earth’s solar system, when in fact that milestone was claimed by the European Very Large Telescope in 2004 – a mistake quickly noted by astronomers on Twitter.

Result of one AI Query: Shares in parent company Alphabet sank more than 7% on Wednesday, knocking $100bn off the firm’s market value.