Google to enhance Assistant with generative AI akin to ChatGPT

Priya Walia


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During this era of rapid technological advancement, there is a significant emphasis on assistants powered by AI.

Digital assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant have become integral in our daily lives to perform simple tasks and provide instantaneous information. However, a new trend is brewing that brings generative AI technology into play, promising to add a new level of sophistication and responsiveness to these ubiquitous digital sidekicks.

Google Assistant, according to an internal email unveiled by Axios, is in the vanguard of this upcoming revolution.

Google Assistant’s Vice President, Peeyush Ranjan, and Product Director, Duke Dukellis, put forward their vision to the team in the email.

As a team, we need to focus on delivering high-quality, critical product experiences for our users, the email read.

The same email mentioned a profound belief in the potential of generative AI to be transformative.

We’ve also seen the profound potential of generative AI to transform people’s lives and see a huge opportunity to explore what a supercharged Assistant, powered by the latest LLM technology, would look like, the email continued.

LLM (Large Language Model) technology, a type of generative AI, is the likes of OpenAI’s GPT-3 that can generate texts resembling human writing, answering queries, and engaging in nuanced conversations. This technology is precisely what Google aims to incorporate into Assistant.

The insiders at Google told Axios that the tech giant is already in the process of doing so for mobile devices.

However, they remained reticent about a timeline for when Google would integrate this technology into its smart home devices or even what the updates would exactly entail. There are speculations that Google might be bringing Bard, its AI chatbot, into the fold to communicate with Assistant users, or they might be pursuing something entirely new and innovative.

The move towards integrating generative AI technology has also led to internal reconfigurations within Google. One notable change is the amalgamation of the Surfaces and Services teams, a decision likely aimed at streamlining and optimizing the development process.

This news highlights the ongoing race among tech companies to leverage cutting-edge advancements in AI to improve their offerings.

The potential applications and benefits of a generative AI-powered digital assistant are vast, ranging from even more personalized interactions to more efficient task execution.

Although the specifics are yet to be unveiled, one thing is certain: The race to redefine AI companions with generative AI technology has begun, and it promises to heighten the user experience of digital assistants like never before.

Via Axios