Eye-Opening Announcements at Google’s I/O Conference
At Google's highly anticipated annual I/O conference, CEO Sundar Pichai set the tone by emphasizing the company's commitment to a bold and responsible approach to AI. Proudly labeling itself as the preeminent leader in AI tech, Google decided to put AI at the forefront of nearly every service and device on which it operates. This decision signals a significant inflection point—not only for the company but for the tech industry as well.
Here is the rundown of Google’s most notable announcements:
Google Workspace Gets Smarter
Google Workspace received a significant upgrade with the introduction of Duet AI for Workspace. This powerful tool incorporates generative AI into Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, enabling users to auto-generate spreadsheets, write job descriptions, and even suggest text for presentations.
Google Search Introduces a Chatbot
Google Search announced a chatbot that uses AI-generated text to provide users with summaries of information drawn from across the web. For instance, a search about Google's I/O event will generate a couple of paragraphs to summarize the event. If asked about a product, such as a pixel smartphone, Google’s algorithms can list bullet-point takeaways of relevant product reviews.
New Additions to Vertex AI
Google also unveiled several new language models, including Codey, Imagen, and Chirp. Codey is a text-to-code foundation model that accelerates software development, while Imagen is a text-to-image model that enables businesses to generate and edit high-quality images. Chirp is a speech-to-text foundation model that helps organizations interact with their customers more inclusively in their native languages.
The Google I/O conference for 2023 was indeed one for the books, and is leaving many wondering: What will next year bring?