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Google Broadcasts New Bard Options, Drops Waitlist, Integrates With Workspace

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Perhaps Google ought to name its annual builders’ convention Google A/I as an alternative of Google I/O, as a result of the corporate is all about embracing generative AI this yr. Google debuted its newest language mannequin, Pathways Language Mannequin 2 or PaLM 2, which now fully-powers Bard, Google’s AI chatbot rival to Microsoft’s ChatGPT-powered Bing chatbot

In keeping with Google, the brand new PaLM 2 language mannequin has higher math, logic, and reasoning expertise, and is very good at coding because it’s realized over 20 programming languages — together with “C++, Go, JavaScript, Python, Kotlin, and even Google Sheets Features,” mentioned vp and normal supervisor of Google Assistant and Bard, Sissie Hsiao. Bard can not solely write code, but in addition clarify particular capabilities and reply questions on how you can repair or enhance code — and the ensuing code snippets could be despatched to Google’s Colab or Replit for straightforward collaboration. If it pulls code from one other supply, it’s going to additionally now cite that supply.

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Hsiao additionally mentioned Bard will develop into “extra visible” within the subsequent few weeks, each in responses and prompts. This implies Bard search outcomes will begin returning photographs for related queries, and likewise that folks will be capable to immediate bard “with photographs” utilizing Google Lens integration. Hsiao demonstrated this with a photograph of two canines and the immediate “write a humorous caption about these two,” so you will nonetheless must immediate Bard with phrases along with the pictures (I am undecided what I used to be considering, however prompting Bard “with photographs” initially sounded rather more thrilling in my head).

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Google may even be collaborating with third-parties so as to add options to Bard, reminiscent of text-prompted picture technology because of integration with Adobe Firefly (opens in new tab). The corporate is looking these “instruments” and confirmed a graphic with a number of corporations’ logos together with Kayak, OpenTable, Tripadvisor, Spotify, and Walmart. Lastly, Google has dropped the waitlist and Bard is now obtainable in 180 international locations and has added help for prompts in Japanese and Korean.

Duet AI for Google Workspace

Google additionally demonstrated its new AI-powered toolset for Google Workspace (Google’s suite of productiveness apps, which incorporates Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Meet), which it is now calling “Duet AI for Google Workspace” (the toolset, not Workspace). It is referred to as “Duet AI” as a result of Google imagines that you’re going to be collaborating with AI, such as you collaborate with coworkers and different people in Workspace apps proper now. 

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(Picture credit score: Google I/O Livestream)

Google really first introduced the upcoming Duet AI instruments in a weblog publish again in March, however most of them — save for the writing assistant software “Assist me write” — are nonetheless unavailable to the general public. The upcoming instruments will let customers do issues like generate summaries from notes, create photographs from textual content prompts inside Google Slides, create templates from textual content prompts in Google Sheets, and create customized backgrounds in Google Meet.

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