Google’s new virtual assistant to include Bard AI tools


As tech giants vie to capitalise on AI advancements, Google is infusing its sprawling portfolio of products with the technology. Last month, the division of Alphabet Inc said it would outfit services like Gmail, Maps, Docs and YouTube with its Bard chatbot. — Reuters

Google will soon release a version of its virtual assistant that is powered by the company’s Bard artificial intelligence technology, helping users handle more complex tasks.

The new offering, called Assistant with Bard, will be available in a test phase shortly and then roll out to the general public in the coming months, the company said Wednesday (Oct 4). The release will equip the Assistant, which helps users of Android and Google devices complete tasks and find information, with some of the capabilities of Bard, a chatbot that is the company’s answer to OpenAI’s wildly popular ChatGPT.

"Generative AI is creating new opportunities to build a more intuitive, intelligent, personalised digital assistant,” Sissie Hsiao, a Google vice president, wrote in a blog post accompanying the news.

As tech giants vie to capitalise on AI advancements, Google is infusing its sprawling portfolio of products with the technology. Last month, the division of Alphabet Inc said it would outfit services like Gmail, Maps, Docs and YouTube with its Bard chatbot.

During a hardware event at Google’s Pier 57 Manhattan office Wednesday, Google devices chief Rick Osterloh also described other ways in which Google is integrating generative AI – tech that can create new media like text and video given simple prompts – into its apps and services. Next year, Osterloh said, the Google Home app will roll out experimental features like summaries of activity around one’s front door and the ability to ask about the status of packages in natural language.

Google Assistant competes with Apple Inc’s Siri and Amazon.com Inc’s Alexa, and AI capabilities have become a new front in that market. Assistant can be found on the company’s phones, smart speakers, smartwatches and other computers. – Bloomberg

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Tech News

AI can perpetuate racist bias in real estate, study finds
Families of Uvalde school shooting victims sue Meta, Microsoft, gunmaker
GameStop surges after fetching $933 million from stock sale
Meta submits changes to UK privacy compliance proposals, CMA says
Dell hits record high amid rally in AI stocks
NASA, Boeing clear two technical hurdles for Starliner's debut crew flight
Airlines, hotels, retailers fear being left out in Google's search changes
Cencora notifies individuals about data stolen earlier this year
Google to invest $350 million in India's Flipkart, valuing co at $37 billion, source says
Kabosu, the face of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, dies at 18, owner says

Others Also Read