ChatGPT is currently the talk of the town. The AI-based language processing model is reportedly causing excitement around the world, with some companies even replacing their employees with the new software. Google is another strong contender in the field of artificial intelligence. According to CEO Sundar Pichai, Google could challenge OpenAI’s ChatGPT by letting users “directly interact” with its own advanced language models. This could be a smart move for the company as well as take away the exclusivity of Google’s search platform and ultimately affect core Google services like Google Assistant.
On a recent earnings call, Pichai discussed Google’s plans to harness the power of artificial intelligence, noting that the technology has reached a “tipping point.” He also highlighted the company’s history of contributions to the development of artificial intelligence, including the creation of generative AI applications.
One of the key examples of the application of generative AI is drug discovery. Pichai also noted that Google has been preparing for this next step since early 2022. The first model to be released for direct user interaction will be LaMDA, the company’s conversational artificial intelligence. While it’s not yet clear how users will interact with LaMDA, Google plans to roll out the model over the next few months, evaluating its capabilities over time. Although LaMDA has been shown in limited quantities, this will be the first time it will be available to a wider audience.
With news that Microsoft is integrating ChatGPT with Bing Search and Teams, Google may have felt pressure to show off its own AI capabilities. The tech giant planned the event to showcase how it is using the power of artificial intelligence to improve the way people find and interact with information.
The event, which will be broadcast on YouTube on February 8, promises to provide a clearer picture of Google’s plans for AI in the future. In addition, the event may highlight the integration of artificial intelligence with Google applications and services. Pichai emphasized that Google will take a cautious approach to AI, launching features in a controlled manner and gradually scaling up. He expressed confidence in the market’s readiness for these products but acknowledged potential public concerns. Still, the desire to experiment with artificial intelligence is clear, and Google’s key decision to enter the arena could lead to big advances for AI in the future.