Google has been making significant strides in the field of generative artificial intelligence, and the recent launch of the Bard chatbot was just the beginning of its ambitious plans. A new report from Axios reveals that the tech giant is gearing up to take things even further.

During its I/O keynote, Google dedicated considerable time to discussing how it will integrate AI into its products, and Google Assistant seems to be the next target for a major upgrade. The company intends to “supercharge” Assistant using the latest large language models (LLMs), similar to the ones powering Bard and its competitor ChatGPT.

The full contents of the email, which can be read on Axios, suggest that Google envisions Assistant as a fully-fledged AI that can handle more conversational interactions. Unlike Bard, which primarily works with text, Assistant is a voice-based tool. However, with the integration of LLMs, we might witness an Assistant that can replicate Bard’s conversational prowess and even improve on it, without requiring users to type a single word.

One hope is that this development will significantly enhance Assistant’s speech understanding capabilities. Many users, like myself, rely on Google Assistant in their cars to perform tasks without fumbling with touchscreens. Unfortunately, there are instances where Assistant struggles to grasp our commands, leading to delays in task completion. The advancement in LLMs could resolve this issue and make the voice-based interaction much smoother.

Bard already boasts impressive features such as language translation and web searches, functionalities that Assistant also possesses to some extent. Integrating LLMs into Assistant may further refine these capabilities, making language translation and web searches more accurate and efficient. Additionally, Google hinted that Bard could join forces with Assistant in handling AI-powered features like call screening, offering more versatility and capabilities to users.

As for the timeline of this advancement, Google emphasizes that it wants to expedite the work with a focused approach, which includes reorganizing teams. However, this shift has resulted in staff layoffs. Considering the rapid adoption of generative AI by various businesses and organizations, including Apple, it is understandable why Google aims to kickstart this upgrade sooner rather than later. Although Google I/O 2024 in May might bring some announcements, it’s essential that Google learns from the mistakes made during the initial Bard launch and avoids rushing the work before it’s fully ready for the public eye.


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