It will be a ‘tense year for artificial intelligence’, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai as he unveiled the company’s new language model on stage: PaLM 2. Such language models are trained on vast amounts of data and are capable of answering even complex questions at a high level. Pichai promises that the new model will be able to do this faster, better, and more efficiently.
In addition, PaLM 2 has new capabilities compared to its predecessor. While current models primarily receive data in English, according to Google, PaLM 2 is trained at a high level on more than 100 languages. This way, artificial intelligence can understand the nuances of individual languages, compose poems, solve puzzles, and even recognize and explain idioms.
As the model was specifically trained on mathematical and other scientific material, the program has better logical skills. With PaLM 2, programming skills also reach a new level, promises Pichai.
Google announced 25 new products and programs based on PaLM 2.
An update of chatbot Bard was presented, which is finally gaining speed after a difficult start. Recently, Google Bard has transitioned from the previous model LaMDA to PaLM 2, which has supplemented it with new capabilities.
Google announced that Bard will now be available in 180 countries. Previously, only selected users from the United States and the United Kingdom had access to the program.
Now Bard also understands Japanese and Korean, and soon 40 other languages will be added.
Soon Bard will also be able to process images.
Answers from Bard can now also be exported directly to Gmail or Google Docs.
AI will also be integrated into other Google programs:
Gmail. Using the “Help Me Write” feature, users can request suggestions for wording their emails in Gmail. For example, it was demonstrated how the program can automatically write an email for requesting a refund for airline tickets.
Google Maps has received an updated augmented reality visualization. Now, with the help of Google Maps, users will be able to see in 3D animation how weather and traffic conditions change over time on their route.
Google Search will also benefit more from artificial intelligence and provide more comprehensive answers to queries.
For example, you can ask: “What is the best tourist spot for a family with children under three years old and a dog?” and ask for alternatives. The so-called generative AI not only names travel destinations but also explains their advantages, displays images and additional information, and offers additional questions. The context is carried over from question to question.
🖼 Google Photos will receive “magic features”. Now users will be able to not only remove unwanted objects and people, but also, for example, change their own position or other elements in the image. A new feature for editing images was also presented, which should allow users to use AI to add parts of the image that are not visible in the original photograph.
It’s worth noting that in his presentation, Sundar Pichai repeatedly emphasized the safety of technology. For example, images created using Google’s artificial intelligence will have watermarks and metadata in the future to indicate that the image was created using AI.
The tech giant’s new developments on the stock market were positively received, with the parent company Google Alphabet’s stock rising by approximately five percent.
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