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Google launches Gemini, an AI-powered chatbot and voice assistant| GuyWhoKnowsThings

First, there was talking digital assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. Then there was online chatbots like ChatGPT and Google Bard. Now, the two are merging.

On Thursday, Google unveiled Gemini, a smartphone app that behaves as a talking digital assistant as well as a conversational chatbot. By responding to voice and text requests, you can answer questions, write poetry, generate images, compose emails, analyze personal photos, and perform other actions, such as setting a timer or making a phone call.

Available immediately to English speakers in more than 150 countries and territories, including the United States, Gemini replaces Bard and Google Assistant. It is backed by artificial intelligence technology that the company has been developing since early last year.

The new app is designed to perform a variety of tasks, including serving as a personal tutor, helping computer programmers with coding tasks and even preparing job seekers for interviews, Google said.

“It can help you play roles in a variety of settings,” said Sissie Hsiao. A Google vice president in charge of the company's Google Assistant unit, during a briefing with reporters.

When ChatGPT has arrived Since OpenAI in late 2022, surprising the public with the way it answered questions, wrote term papers, and generated computer code, Google found itself playing catch-up. Like other tech giants, the company had He spent years developing similar technology. but had not released a product as advanced as ChatGPT.

(The New York Times defendant OpenAI and its partner, Microsoft, alleged copyright infringement of news content related to AI systems in December).

Google launched its own chatbot, Bard, in March to mediocre reviews. In the following weeks, the company merged its two main AI labs (Google Brain and DeepMind) and announced that the combined lab was developing a new AI technology called Gemini.

Gemini is what researchers call a large language model, or LLM, a mathematical system that can learn skills by analyzing large amounts of data, including books, computer programs and online conversations. By identifying patterns throughout that text, an LLM can learn to generate text on its own. That means you can write poetry, generate computer code, and even carry on a conversation.

He is also prone to making mistakes. You can make a mistake orhallucinate”- invents things.

Gemini is a “multimodal” system, meaning it can respond to both images and sounds. After analyzing a math problem that included graphs, shapes, and other images, he was able to answer the question the same way a high school student would.

In December, Google used a limited version of this technology to upgrade bard. Now, the company has retired the Bard name and is launching a more powerful version of the technology through the Gemini app, which is available on Android phones and on the web. An iPhone version will arrive “in the coming weeks,” Google said.

Google created a free but limited version of the Gemini app. A more powerful version, called Gemini Advanced and supported by a version of Google's Ultra language model, is available for a $19.99 monthly subscription. Google offers a two-month free trial.

Google has published benchmark results claiming that Ultra outperformed OpenAI's latest technology, GPT-4, in several key areas, including generating computer code and summarizing news articles.

The Gemini app can also generate, analyze and respond to images. Users can upload a photo from their Super Bowl party, for example, and ask the app to generate a caption.

Google also said it would offer similar technology through Google Workspace and Google Cloud enterprise services. This will allow customers to use the technology alongside applications such as Gmail and Google Docs.

On Android phones, the new app will replace Google Assistant if users download Gemini. Like Google Assistant, it can respond to voice commands, although it also responds to text commands.

Google said it would also continue to offer and improve Google Assistant.

Last year, OpenAI launched a similar version of its ChatGPT chatbot. that can respond to voice commands. Most industry insiders believe that the AI ​​technology powering chatbots like ChatGPT will merge and replace digital assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa.

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