Google I/O the AI Bit would have been the fair title of Google’s annual developer conference. As far as AI was part of each and every new announcement and live demo, the bits 1 (one) and 0 (zero) in the original name Google I/O look outdated ( humor).
The event took place at Shoreline Amphitheater on the 10th of March and was hosted by the CEO Sundar Pichai. Read Google I/O 2023 Keynote delivered by the Speakers in 5 Steps. I’m writing personally, not using any generative AI yet. My 5-step formula about critical thinking challenge reading the Keynote is valid.
Google I/O 2021 Keynote: 7 Highlights
The AI change is big and transforms into AI first Google technologies. This next step is using Semantic understanding and Generative AI. The AI first era on Google is going to make Google products progressively more helpful.
This technology has got to get the human condition to be better for everyone, said Google former CEO Eric Shmidt.
Google I/O The AI Bit in Action
- Create with AI.
- Move with AI.
- Heal with AI.
- Search with AI
- Collaborate with AI.
- Code with AI.
- AI devices
Create with AI. The Magic Editor with Google Photos set the tone of the Keynote. It’s the human tone of creativity, freedom of imagination, futuristic vision and care about humanity. This is what the demo image with a kid with balloons brings in my mind.
Move with AI. The second demo showed the immersive view in Google Maps . It’s incredibly useful in many aspects from time management, event planning, healthy programs and more. One can receive all details they need on a route and can check for the quality of the air even.
Heal with AI. Google’s generative AI BARD is based on the language model PaLM2. In future it will be based on the Gemini multimodel. Google’s language models have many generations, always adding value to Security and Medical knowledge. The PaLM2 language model has improved multilingual, reasoning and coding capabilities.
BARD will be opening to 180 countries, announced Users who speak English, Japanese and Korean can talk to Bard. Google is working to add another 40 languages with BARD.
Search with AI. The Search AI Integrated page in Search results provoked great excitement. The live demo impressed with the details of the information. It’s reassuring to see how the search AI integrated page is evidencing the resources it used to generate the answer. The AI generated images will have watermark and meta data to differentiate the content.
Code with Bard. Bard knows 20 programmatic languages. The live demo with Phyton showed how it can generate and improve the code. AI can even add comments in native languages to the code, to help with connectivity in a multinational environment.
Collaborate with AI. Google Workspace is receiving the BARD experience at work and in education. It is turned Off by default. Users under 18 are not allowed to use AI generative features. The Google Workspace Administrator can add the BARD service as an additional Google service from the Admin console. Many live demos grabbed the attention of BARD’s usage with Docs with Write with me functionality. In Slides AI could generate speaker’s notes based on the image on a slide. There’s a new AI First Notebook in Drive: Project Tailwind. It is a personalized AI model, having the professional expertise an expert is giving to it.
The newly announced Duet with AI will open the opportunity to Google Workspace users to use BARD with more Google services and partner extensions.
Code with Bard. Labs . Developers can test out Google features and products in Labs to get a first look at bold and responsible experiments from across the company, and the chance to give feedback directly to the teams who built them.
AI devices. Google Pixel Fold, unfolding into a compact tab claims to have the best foldable camera system. Google will be presented on the market of large screen devices.
Google I/O Safety Updates
- About this image is the most important from the google I/O new features to improve the online safety.
- A publicly available API to help platforms and organizations keep kids safer online.
- A passwordless future: The beginning of the end of password.
- Safe browsing.
- Spam view in Drive.
- Dark web scans for your Gmail address.
- Previously only available to Google One subscribers in the U.S., we’re expanding access to our dark web report in the next few weeks, so anyone with a Gmail account in the U.S. will be able to run scans to see if your Gmail address appears on the dark web and receive guidance on what actions to take to protect yourself. We’ll soon be expanding access to our dark web report to select international markets.
Spam Safe with Spam Folder in Google Drive. Users are in better control over spam. A dedicated Spam Folder in Drive will host unwanted files containing spam or abusive content.
When an unsolicited file is moved to the spam folder, users will be unsubscribed, preventing all comment, sharing, and mobile push notifications for the file. Thereafter the file remains in the spam folder solely. Users can manually move Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Forms files in and out of the spam folder.
Started 24th May, the Spam Folder feature is available to all users with Google personal, work and school accounts, legacy GSuite included. You will see it on the Drive homepage on Web, Android, iOS and Drive for Desktop.
Announcement: Enhancing Spam Protection in Google Drive
Conclusion based on reading the Keynote. The shift with AI is big. Make AI helpful for everyone. Working and building together.
The Era of Limitless Potential of People.
Tip by Nina Trankova : Revisit the description/intro of all your profiles on social, YouTube, Linkedin, your website and update your Tag line. As an example, I had a Life-long learner beside Google Workdpace Admin. To reflect on the new AI era I changed to Critical Thinking. Unlearning, Shift Thinking
To go into the details of the new announcements at Google I/O read Google I/0 100
Note: Developer Keynote and live sessions are not part of this article.
I have covered Google’s global events, Google Cloud NEXT most recently.
Read about more perspectives Google Product Expert Peggy K is sharing in her Creator Weekly: Google I/O, AI Everywhere, Simplified Pinterest