Google is building more artificial intelligence everywhere – and showing new hardware

OpenAI’s text robot ChatGPT has made Google search look old. But the network giant made it clear at its Google I/O developer conference that it didn’t want its billion-euro business to be snatched away without a fight. The group also showed new hardware.

In the race for artificial intelligence, Google is upgrading its services with new functions – and at the same time promising a prudent approach in order not to cause any damage. In addition to the search engine, other applications such as mail, office software and maps are to be improved with AI, announced CEO Sundar Pichai at the Google I/O developer conference.

One consequence of the cautious approach is that, for example, Google’s chat bot Bard will be available in German, but initially neither in Germany nor in the European Union. The US group is obviously trying to clarify whether Bard is compatible with the legal framework in the European Union.

Internet search is upgraded

Google wants to try significant innovations for its most important product – the Internet search. With the help of artificial intelligence, the search engine should be able to answer the question, for example, which of two nature parks is better suited for a family with children and a dog. The answers are formulated in complete sentences, as well as the usual Internet links. Google attaches great importance to the fact that the sources for the information can be displayed – which is not a matter of course with other AI applications.

When searching for a bike, suitable offers from dealers are displayed in addition to advice on things like the suspension. In addition, one could, for example, get advice on rules for hand signals when cycling in California, said Google manager Cathy Edwards. “These are things that you would never have asked for in the search before.”

The AI ​​search is initially limited to a test. The software decides for itself when to answer a search query in this way. They want to better understand in which cases this makes sense, they say.

Google still does most of its business with ads in the Internet search environment. Most advertisers pay to have their search query links appear at the top of the screen. So far, an open question is what impact the spread of detailed answers based on artificial intelligence will have on this business model.

Pichai also demonstrated how software can formulate a letter with just a few specifications. If you write a story, the software should be able to provide suggestions for further twists in the story and automatically generated illustrations. In Google’s photo app, you will soon not only be able to remove unwanted objects and people, but also, for example, change your own position in the picture. Missing details that originally remained behind the edge of the screen should be added by the software itself.

OpenAI puts pressure on Google

Google has been working on applications based on artificial intelligence for years, but is currently under pressure to reveal more of it. At the end of last year, the start-up OpenAI sparked a new competition in artificial intelligence when it made its chat bot ChatGPT public. The software caused a stir because it can form sentences like a human. She is trained with huge amounts of data and estimates word for word how a sentence could go on. This entails the risk that it can issue completely false information.

Google’s archrival Microsoft entered into a multi-billion dollar pact with OpenAI and is bringing the AI ​​programs into its applications across the board. So far, Google has been reluctant to do so, citing responsible use of the technology.

At the Google I/O, the group stuck to it. “The only way to be brave in the long term is to act responsibly from the start,” said James Manyika, who is responsible for social responsibility in the use of artificial intelligence at Google. The group sees the danger that the software could strengthen prejudices or be used to produce false information. To protect against this, files created with the help of Google’s artificial intelligence should be provided with metadata so that they can be recognized immediately.

Google will also only provide verified developers with software that can automatically create dubbed versions of videos, Manyika said. This is to prevent so-called deep fakes with alleged actions of real people. At the same time, Manyika emphasized that Google decided years ago not to make interfaces for facial recognition applications publicly available.

Google introduced a new language model called Palm 2 for the new AI capabilities to compete against OpenAI’s GPT-4. Palm 2 can master more than 100 languages ​​and brings with it writing, programming and analysis skills. Google’s chat bot Bard will also be based on the Palm 2. Google’s text robot, which has so far only been available for trial in the US and UK, will be available in 180 countries in English, Korean and Japanese. In the countries of the European Union, however, Bard will not be available for the time being, including Germany. However, language support for German and 39 other languages ​​will follow soon.

Google unveils first foldable

At the developer conference, Google also presented three devices. On the one hand, the group presented the Pixel Fold smartphone, which can be folded to the size of a small tablet and which competes with the Samsung Galaxy Fold and similar devices from Chinese manufacturers. Google also showed the Pixel 7a, a slightly slimmed-down version of the previous top model, the Pixel 7 Pro.

The Pixel Tablet was also introduced. A special feature of the Google tablet is an additional holder with a loudspeaker, with which it can be used as a constantly active desktop device. While the Pixel 7a is now available for 509 euros, those interested in the folding smartphone and tablet will have to wait.

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