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Google unveils major AI advancements at Google I/O 2024

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The race to stay ahead in the artificial intelligence revolution is intensifying with Google unveiling significant AI advancements at its annual developer conference, Google I/O, held on May 14, 2024.

The key announcements from the event include enhancements to its Search functionality, leveraging a new Gemini model tailored for Google Search to incorporate advanced capabilities like multi-step reasoning, planning, and multimodality.

AI Overview in Search provides quick, comprehensive answers, eliminating the need for users to piece together information. Already utilized billions of times in Search Labs experiments, AI Overviews are now available to all U.S. users, with plans for a global rollout soon. Users will soon be able to adjust AI Overview for simpler language or more detailed explanations, making them useful for both beginners and those explaining concepts to children.

Google is also improving Search’s planning features, helping users create plans for activities like meals and vacations. Generative AI will assist in brainstorming ideas and organizing search results into categories with AI-generated headlines.

Advancements in video understanding are set to transform visual search capabilities. Users will be able to describe issues using video rather than words. For instance, troubleshooting a malfunctioning record player can be simplified through a video-based search that provides an AI Overview with relevant steps and resources.

Revamped Google Workspace

Google has introduced new features to enhance productivity in personal and professional settings with Gemini for Google Workspace. The Gemini 1.5 Pro model is now available in the side panel of Gmail, Docs, Drive, Slides, and Sheets through Workspace Labs, with plans to roll it out to Gemini for Workspace customers and Google One AI Premium subscribers next month.

Later this year, users will be able to ask Gemini to automatically organize email attachments in Drive, generate sheets with the data, and analyze it using Data Q&A.

Key features include:

  • Gemini 1.5 Pro in Workspace Apps: Available in the side panel of Gmail, Docs, Drive, Slides, and Sheets, Gemini 1.5 Pro offers a longer context window and advanced reasoning to answer a wider variety of questions and provide more insightful responses. Summaries and suggested prompts will help users get started easily.
  • New Features in Gmail Mobile App: The Gmail mobile app will soon feature Contextual Smart Reply and Gmail Q&A, allowing users to stay productive on the go with the help of Gemini.
  • Expanded Language Support: In the coming weeks, the “Help me write” feature in Gmail and Docs will support Spanish and Portuguese on desktop, with plans to add more languages over time.

Media models for creators

Another major announcement from Google I/O 2024 is the introduction of Google’s latest video generation model, Veo, and its highest-quality text-to-image model, Imagen 3.

Veo produces high-quality 1080p resolution videos in a variety of cinematic and visual styles, capable of lasting over a minute. With an advanced understanding of natural language and visual semantics, Veo accurately captures a user’s creative vision, maintaining consistency and coherence in footage. It understands cinematic terms like “timelapse” and “aerial shots,” ensuring realistic movement of people, animals, and objects throughout the video.

Imagen 3, Google’s most advanced text-to-image model, generates photorealistic, lifelike images with a high level of detail and fewer visual artifacts compared to previous models. It excels in understanding natural language and the intent behind prompts, incorporating small details from longer prompts to master a wide range of styles.

These advancements highlight Google’s commitment to integrating cutting-edge AI technology into everyday tools, enhancing productivity and creativity for users worldwide.

Find out more announcements here.

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