Google Bard AI chatbot now available in Japanese, Korean

US IT giant Google has released Japanese and Korean versions of its generative AI chatbot, Bard.

Google made the announcement on Wednesday at a meeting to introduce the latest technologies to app developers and other engineers.

The company says Bard will be able to respond to 40 languages soon. It says the English-language version is being opened up to over 180 countries and regions.

It also says the chatbot can also produce original images with automatic captioning when given instructions in writing.

The CEO of Google's parent firm Alphabet, Sundar Pichai, said, "Seven years into our journey as an AI-first company, we are at an exciting inflection point."

He added, "We have an opportunity to make AI even more helpful for people, for businesses, for communities, for everyone."

Competition is intensifying in the generative AI market. US venture firm OpenAI, Microsoft, Meta and other tech firms are also in the race.