Google Bard now supports 20 languages for coding software.

Tech giant Alphabet’s Google announced on Friday that it will update Bard, its generative artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, to aid in software development and writing code.

The company began rolling out Bard to the public last month in an effort to catch up to Microsoft.

OpenAI, a startup backed by Microsoft, released their chatbot ChatGPT last year, prompting a race to bring artificial intelligence to more people. According to reports Google Bard is an experiment that facilitates teamwork with generative AI. This type of AI uses historical data to generate content rather than to identify it.

Google announced on Friday that its new AI assistant, Google Bard, will be able to write code in 20 languages, including Java, C++, and Python, and will also be able to help users debug and explain their code.

Google Bard is able to optimise code to make it faster or more efficient by simply being asked questions like “Could you make that code faster?”, according to the company.

A select group of users can now chat with the bot and ask questions instead of using Google’s standard search tool.

In an effort to catch up to Microsoft in the fast-paced race on artificial intelligence technology, the company started rolling out its chatbot Bard to the public in late March. Bard displayed three possible “drafts” of an answer that could be toggled by the user, and it also included a “Google it” button for when the user wanted to look up the answer on the web.