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Google unveils AI features for developers and its Workspace

Google has announced the next step in its artificial intelligence (AI) journey by bringing generative AI benefits to individuals, businesses, and communities.

“Developers and businesses can now try new APIs and products that make it easy, safe and scalable to start building with Google’s best AI models through Google Cloud and a new prototyping environment called MakerSuite. And in Google Workspace, we’re introducing new features that help people harness the power of generative AI to create, connect and collaborate,” says Thomas Kurian, Chief Executive Officer at Google Cloud. 

For developers experimenting with AI, Google is introducing the PaLM API, an easy and safe way to build on top of our best language models. 

“Today, we’re making an efficient model available, in terms of size and capabilities, and we’ll add other sizes soon. The API also comes with an intuitive tool called MakerSuite, which lets you quickly prototype ideas and, over time, will have features for prompt engineering, synthetic data generation and custom-model tuning, all supported by robust safety tools. Select developers can access the PaLM API and MakerSuite in Private Preview today, and stay tuned for our waitlist soon,” adds Kurian. 

Developers who want to build and customize their models and apps using generative AI can access Google's AI models, including PaLM, on Google Cloud. 

“We’re bringing new generative AI capabilities to our Google Cloud AI portfolio to help developers and organizations access enterprise-level safety, security, privacy, as well as integrate with their existing Cloud solutions,” he says. 

Developers and businesses already use Google Cloud's Vertex AI platform to build and deploy large-scale machine learning models and AI applications. The company now provides foundation models, initially for generating text and images and over time with audio and video. Google Cloud customers can discover models, create and modify prompts, fine-tune them with their data, and deploy applications that use these powerful new technologies.

Businesses and governments also want to build AI-powered chat interfaces and digital assistants. To enable this, Google is introducing Generative AI App Builder, which connects conversational AI flows with out-of-the-box search experiences and foundation models, helping companies build generative AI applications in minutes or hours.

In addition to announcing new Google Cloud AI products, the company, as part of its commitment to being the most open cloud provider, is expanding its AI ecosystem and specialized programs for technology partners, AI-focused software providers and startups.

Trusted testers are now accessing Vertex AI with Generative AI support and Generative AI App Builder.

As noted above, Google has also introduced new generative AI features in Google Workspace.

More than three billion people already benefit from AI-powered features in Google Workspace, whether using Smart Compose in Gmail or auto-generated summaries in Google Docs. 

“Now, we’re excited to take the next step and bring a limited set of trusted testers a new set of features that makes the process of writing even easier. In Gmail and Google Docs, you can simply type in a topic you’d like to write about, and a draft will be instantly generated for you. So if you’re a manager onboarding a new employee, Workspace saves you the time and effort involved in writing that first welcome email. From there, you can elaborate upon or abbreviate the message or adjust the tone to be more playful or professional, all in just a few clicks. We’ll be rolling out these new experiences to testers in the coming weeks,” says Kurian. 

“Generative AI is an emerging and rapidly evolving technology with complex challenges. That’s why we invite external and internal testers to pressure test new experiences, and why we have AI Principles to guide this work. We’re so excited by the potential of generative AI, and the opportunities it will unlock,” he concludes. 

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