A recent CNBC report has exposed some of the significant AI-focused changes that will be presented at Google’s I/O event, which is set for a few hours away.
PaLM 2, a new large language model (LLM) that Google defines as its “most recent and advanced,” will be a significant component of the project, according to CNBC. Don’t be surprised to see Google demonstrate some of these capabilities onstage given that the LLM has reportedly conducted “a broad range of coding and math tests as well as creative writing tests and analysis,” CNBC says. (The first PaLM was announced in April 2022) This was many months prior to the current AI boom, which was sparked by initiatives like ChatGPT.
According to the CNBC report, Google will also reveal “generative experiences” for search and Bard, the AI-powered chatbot it rolled out in March, including the addition of Korean and Japanese languages to Bard’s support. Bard is currently only accessible in the US and the UK.
Further Workspace-focused artificial intelligence (AI) tools will be unveiled by Google, including “discuss template generation in Sheets and image generation in its Slides and Meet products.” Users will have to watch and find out if the company’s AI tools for Gmail and Docs will remain restricted or become more generally available since they were first introduced to “trusted testers” in March.
Nevertheless, it shouldn’t come as shocking if the company delivers a big AI splash at Google I/O. Google recently put AI front and centre with practically everything it does and even made significant organizational changes meant to further advance its AI efforts in response to the rise of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s own aggressive attempts to advance artificial intelligence.
But I/O won’t only be about AI. The Pixel Fold has already been revealed, and the company has promised to reveal additional information about it at the event. I think the Pixel Tablet will be at the exhibition since a now-deleted Amazon listing provided a wealth of knowledge regarding it. Additionally, there have been weeks of Pixel 7A leaks, including one from a hands-on back in March. Expect to see the Pixel Fold, the Google Pixel Tablet, Google Pixel 7A, and Android 14, which feature some enhancements for foldable, tablets, and devices with larger screens.
Google I/O is scheduled to be a jam-packed event, and the excitement starts today, Wednesday, May 10th at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT (6PM WAT) and will feature remarks from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The event will take place this year at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, in the presence of a limited live audience.
You can catch the keynote online live on Google’s website, and Google’s YouTube channel. you can always watch a recorded version of the event on YouTube after the event.