Google Assistant To Get A Brain Transplant: Google To Use Generative AI To Make It More Like Bard & ChatGPT!

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  • Google Assistant is getting a generative AI makeover
  • Google plans to supercharge Assistant with the power of generative AI
  • The company has revealed this in an internal email

Google plans to update its long-standing voice assistant Google Assistant with generative AI features. 

According to a report from Axios, Google tells its employees in an email that it has started exploring a “supercharged” Assistant powered by LLM technology. The mail reads, “ 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. (A portion of the team has already started working on this, beginning with mobile.)” 

“We remain deeply committed to Assistant, and we are optimistic about its bright future ahead,” Vice President of Google Assistant Peeyush Ranjan and Product Director Duke Dukellis writes in the email.

Google also says in the email that it is making a small number of layoffs as it is reorganising the teams that work on Google Assistant. Axios reports that this round of layoffs involves “eliminating dozens of jobs” out of thousands of staff working on Assitant. Rest of the email talks about the internal changes in the management hierarchy, including who will report to who now. 

While the email doesn’t discuss more details about how LLMs would be incorporated into Assistant, it falls in similar lines with the moves Amazon is making with Alexa, as it was previously reported to rework Alexa with generative AI capabilities. 

Google already has an AI chatbot, Google Bard, powered by the company’s LaMDA LLM. The company could be tapping on LaMDA to power the new version of Assistant.

It is not clear when the new technology will drop in Google Assistant. It has stated in the email that the company has started working on it on mobile, so we can expect the AI-powered Assistant to drop first on mobile, while the AIoT version could take time. 


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