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Gemini – Google’s Answer to ChatGPT

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Google just announced the launch of Gemini, what it bills as its “most capable AI model to date.” The tech giant says “Gemini is a multimodal AI model, meaning it can understand and process different types of information, including text, images, audio, video, and code.” This, it says, allows Gemini to perform a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Mastering human-style conversations, language, and content: Gemini can hold natural and engaging conversations, write different kinds of creative content, and translate languages.
  • Understanding and interpreting images: Gemini can analyze and interpret images, generating descriptions, captions, and even creating new images based on textual descriptions.
  • Coding prolifically and effectively: Gemini can write code in different programming languages, generate algorithms, and solve coding challenges.
  • Driving data and analytics: Gemini can analyze large amounts of data, identify patterns and trends, and generate insights.

Gemini is built on top of Google’s PaLM (Pathway Language Model) technology, which is already one of the most powerful language models in the world. However, Gemini has several key advantages over PaLM, including:

  • Multimodality: As mentioned above, Gemini can understand and process different types of information, which gives it a wider range of capabilities.
  • Efficiency: Gemini is much more efficient than PaLM, which means it can run on smaller hardware and consume less energy.
  • Safety: Gemini has been subjected to the most comprehensive safety evaluations of any Google AI model to date. This includes testing for bias, toxicity, and other potential harms.

“Google is currently making Gemini available to a limited number of users and developers. However, the company plans to make it more widely available in the future,” according to the response generated when queried in BARD.

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Wired writes in an article shortly after Google’s announcement that Gemini is “intended to reestablish the search giant as the world leader in AI.” The new model will reportedly be made available to developers through Google Cloud’s API starting on December 13th and then will apparently be introduced into the company’s Chrome web browser. Then “the most powerful Gemini version of all will debut in 2024” after what Google is quoted as saying will be “extensive trust and safety checks.”

Gauging Gemini’s Performance

Business Insider put some numbers together to show what Gemini can do:

“Google says its most powerful Ultra model, rolling out next year, ‘exceeds current state-of-the-art results on 30 of the 32 widely-used academic benchmarks’ to assess large language models.

TL;DR: Gemini probably is better than GPT-4. But a closer look at the details suggests the outperformance is only marginal.

On one benchmark, Gemini Ultra has a 74.4% success rate in Python coding tasks, for example, versus 67% for GPT-4. On another benchmark, Gemini Ultra has a reading comprehension score of 82.4 compared with GPT-4’s 80.9.”

Devices: An area where OpenAI can’t compete

Google appears to have a leg up in one area where OpenAI can’t compete, and that’s Alphabet’s products like its Pixel smartphones and the Chrome web browser. From the way the Ah! Channel understands it, Pixel 8 smartphones will be used now in suggesting replies to messages. What’s more, Google says Nano, the least complex of the three Gemini models, will run natively on its Pixel phones. This opens up the prospect of developers having an easier time in developing apps that use the model.

Whatever the case, there’s literally no evidence of A.I.’s development slowing down. Gemini is clearly, as Wired writes, “intended to reestablish the search giant as the world leader in AI,” claiming it “could be the most important algorithm in Google’s history” after the launch of its system of ranking web pages which allowed the company’s search engine to jump ahead of then-rival Yahoo! And we all know what happened to Yahoo!

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