Google I/O is an annual developer conference organized by Google, where the company showcases its latest innovations and developments in software, hardware, and other technologies.
The event typically includes keynote speeches, product demonstrations and hands-on workshops for developers. It is a major event for the Google developer community and attracts thousands of attendees from around the world.
This year, the focus was on the advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Major updates were announced, so let’s take a look at the most interesting ones!
- Google I/O is an annual developer conference organized by Google.
- This year lots of announcements were dedicated to their accelerated development and investments in the area of artificial intelligence.
- Google announced important updates to Bard, a new LLM called Gemini, new generative AI prompting features for Google Workspace and an implementation named Project Tailwind.
- The new Google approach to search includes an AI-driven snapshot at the top of the page that responds to searching queries with conversational dialogue.
- Other announcements included Google Search Labs, Vertex AI and Enterprise Search, which allows users to access relevant information from their corporate knowledge base.
- If you're looking for an AI companion with Google Bard’s capabilities combined with ChatGPT’s power multiplied by 10, TextCortex is the perfect option for you.
Google I/O 2023: What’s New?
This year at the Google I/O event, CEO Sundar Pichai and other key executives spent a considerable amount of time unveiling conference after conference dedicated to their accelerated development and investments in the area of artificial intelligence.
Google Bard is an AI chatbot built with its own language model: when users write prompts and give it instructions, it basically generates human-like outputs.
It was presented as the alternative to the ChatGPT-powered search engine Bing back in February.
Google announced important updates to Bard, now powered by PaLM 2: the model that succeeded the one that had originally been used to power the tool.
Apparently, it will be available in four sizes, from smallest to largest: Gecko, Otter, Bison and Unicorn. It will also be able to translate content in over 100 languages.
Google also announced a second new LLM titled Gemini as well as improved AI integrations within Google search, the Google Workspace suites.
Gemini is a customized artificial intelligence framework created specifically to integrate with other applications and services available within Google.
Pichai stated that the safety functions of the model are currently being refined and that it will be available at different sizes and capabilities just like PaLM 2.
Gemini stands out for its capability to mark image outputs with a watermark, along with linked metadata to identify them as AI-generated, which is crucial to increase transparency within the AI realm.
It was also announced that Google Workspace now has new generative AI prompting features that make it a breeze to create content in Docs, Sheets and Slides.
They will make it possible for users to produce documents such as job descriptions or tables using prompts they can access within the document.
Duet AI’s addition to Workspace now also provides a sidebar with suggestions that are specific to what you are already working on. This feature, known as your “Sidekick” can suggest new prompts and also draw data from files in other Google tools you’re using, all while citing references.
Duet AI is also able to create speaker notes associated with a Slides presentation.
Google also showcased an implementation named Project Tailwind.
The aim is to use artificial intelligence to make taking notes more efficient by organizing and summing up what has been written down. Users can also generate study guides and answer questions based off of the files they upload to Google Drive.
From there, a private AI model with expertise in that data will be created. Students, writers or researchers can use this model to recommend questions in relation to their notes.
The Future Is Conversational
Google search is increasingly switching to a more conversational approach when it comes to responses to searches.
This will make the user experience more intuitive and insightful.
During the presentation, there was a live demonstration of the new Google approach to search, which includes an AI-driven snapshot at the top of the page that responds to searching queries with a chat-like dialogue.
Users can ask follow up questions in what was addressed as ‘Conversational Mode’ and the search tool will basically be able to interpret the full context of questions in order to provide more precise results for nuanced queries.
Google Search Labs
Google Search Labs was also announced.
This platform allows people to test new, upcoming AI-driven search capabilities that have not yet been made accessible to the public, but only for select testers.
Goodies for enterprises
Google announced it is currently expanding access to its tensor, graphics units, AI models and tools to enterprise companies via Google Cloud’s Vertex AI.
With Vertex AI, it is possible for users and businesses to construct their own generative AI platform which they can modify according to their prompts and custom compute clusters.
Enterprise Search allows users to access relevant information from their corporate knowledge base. On this note, Google is introducing three new models: Imagen for image generation, Codey for custom code building and Chirp for speech-to-text translation in over 300 languages.
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Get started with ZenoChat
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