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Google on Wednesday equipped its Bard chatbot with a new-generation artificial intelligence model called Gemini that Google says can reason better than ChatGPT and other competitors.
The search giant is looking to take over the generative AI leadership from ChatGPT maker OpenAI as that company grapples with the fallout from a boardroom coup that saw Chief Executive Sam Altman fired and then rehired within days.
Google has been discreetly developing AI capabilities for years, but was caught off guard when OpenAI released ChatGPT late last year and partnered with Microsoft to make its capabilities available to users worldwide.
“This is incredible momentum, and yet we are only scratching the surface of what is possible,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a press release.
“This new era of models represents one of the greatest scientific and engineering efforts we have undertaken as a company.”
It is the first AI model to outperform human experts in specific benchmarks in problem solving, mathematics, physics, history, law, medicine and ethics, Eli Collins, vice president of products at Google DeepMind, said during a briefing.
One demonstration showed twins recognizing what was being shown, from a person acting out a “Matrix” movie scene to someone drawing a duck and then holding up a rubber ducky.
Gemini commented on what was shown, made comparisons, drew conclusions and made suggestions.
According to Collins, the performance of an “ultra” version of Gemini far exceeds that of other state-of-the-art models in 30 benchmark tests measuring skills such as image comprehension or mathematical reasoning.
A “Pro” version of Gemini built into Bard is designed to handle a variety of tasks. A “Nano” version is tailored to smartphones and will initially come to Google’s top model Pixel 8.
According to Bard Vice President Sissie Hsiao, Google launched its own Bard chatbot earlier this year and has continually updated the chatbot based on people’s feedback.
“All of this rapid innovation is leading us to what we believe will be a truly transformative moment,” Hsiao said during the briefing.
“With Gemini, Bard is getting its biggest upgrade yet.”
Bard will use Gemini for more advanced reasoning, planning and comprehension skills, a demonstration showed.
Hsiao said it will be available in English in more than 170 countries and territories, with more languages to be added soon.
The Gemini-branded Bard is being expanded to be “multimodal,” meaning it can work with audio and visual inputs as well as text prompts, executives said.
“With Gemini, we are one step closer to our vision of bringing you the best AI collaborator in the world,” said Hsiao.
Gemini, Hsiao says, enhances the quality of Bard’s output, whether writing poetry or computer code for purchasing requests or research projects.
The “Ultra” version of Gemini, designed to handle highly complex tasks, will be released early next year, Google said.
“I’m impressed with what it’s capable of,” Collins said of Gemini.
“This is the beginning of a new era for us at Google as we continue to innovate quickly and advance the capabilities of the model.”
Google integrated Gmail, YouTube and other tools into its Bard chatbot in September, as tech giants try to convince users that generative AI is useful and not dangerous or just a fad.
These features are broadly in line with Microsoft’s offerings, which add AI capabilities to its Office 365 apps, although these come at an additional cost to customers and are not available through search engine Bing’s chatbot.
The staying power of generative AI chatbots remains to be confirmed once the initial excitement wears off.
Additionally, the integration of OpenAI-based chatbot into Microsoft’s search engine earlier this year had no impact on Google’s overwhelming dominance in search.
But governments and tech companies insist that generative AI is the next big chapter in technology and have increased spending on new products, research and infrastructure.
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