Google’s annual developer conference is set to take place on Wednesday, with artificial intelligence (AI) being the central theme. The company is planning to announce several generative AI updates, including launching a general-use large language model (LLM).
Details of the Announcement
According to internal documents seen by CNBC, Google will unveil PaLM 2, its most recent and advanced LLM. PaLM 2 includes more than 100 languages and has undergone a wide range of coding and math tests, as well as creative writing tests and analysis.
At the event, Google will make announcements on how AI is “helping people reach their full potential,” including “generative experiences” to Bard and Search, the documents show. The company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, will speak to a live crowd of developers as he pitches his company’s AI advancements.
The updates come as competition increases in the AI arm’s race, with Google and Microsoft racing to incorporate chat AI technology into their products. Microsoft is using its investment in ChatGPT creator OpenAI to bolster its Bing search engine, while Google has quickly mobilized to try and incorporate its Bard technology and its own LLM across various teams.
Google also plans to share advancements to Bard and Search with “generative experiences,” including Bard being used for coding, math, and “logic,” as well as expansions to Japanese and Korean languages, the documents show.
Google has been working on a series of more powerful Bard models and officially launched the tool as an experiment in March. Internally, the company has worked on a multi-modal version called “Multi-Bard,” which uses a larger dataset and solves complex math and coding programs, according to separate documentation viewed by CNBC.
Google plans to expand on its “Workspace AI collaborator,” including discussing template generation in Sheets and image generation in its Slides and Meet products. In March, the company said it would be giving access to AI capabilities in Gmail and Google Docs to a small number of users as part of a test, with plans to bring additional generative AI features to its Meet, Sheets, and Slides applications.
Additional updates include use cases to image recognition tool Google Lens. The company will show advancements to “multi-search” for camera and voice, after last year allowing users to ask questions about what they’re viewing in images.
Outside of the AI sphere, Google will unveil its new foldable phone, The Pixel Fold, which it claims will have “the most durable hinge on a foldable” phone and will offer a phone trade-in option. Google plans to market the Pixel Fold as water-resistant and pocket-sized.
In conclusion, Google’s annual developer conference will showcase the company’s latest AI advancements, including the launch of PaLM 2 and updates to Bard and Search. The company is also set to unveil its new foldable phone, The Pixel Fold.