I was incredibly surprised to see the headline Google VP Says Bard Chatbot Wasn’t Rushed Out to Beat Microsoft on Bloomberg (warning: paywalled). If Google fails to recognize what it looked like from everyone watching, they are essentially living in the land of alternative facts. See: Google search quality raters shift focus to chatbot response rating. Google Bard fumbles early. Yes, so hesitant, that Google rushed to upstage Microsoft with its Bard news, less than a day before its biggest Search announcement in years.