Based on the Google earnings report and earnings call, I wrote last night on Search Engine Land that Google CEO Sundar Pichai had announced the search giant would soon roll out a chat-built search function based on its own AI, LaMDA. Additionally, a significant new search event is on Wednesday; perhaps we will learn about it then?
Yes, we did cover Apprentice Bard when it first emerged as Google’s ChatGPT rival to OpenAI and Microsoft Bing.
Sundar mentioned the following during the call:
Sundar Pichai stated, “We’ll make these language models accessible in the upcoming weeks and months, starting with LaMDA, so that people can interact with them directly.
This will make it easier for us to test, evaluate, and safely enhance them. These models are incredibly effective in writing, building, and summarising. As they offer more current, accurate information, they will be much more beneficial to consumers.
More than “six years ago,” according to Sundar Pichai, he “first spoke about Google being an AI-first organisation.” “Since early last year, we have been preparing for this moment. Over the next several months, you’ll see a lot from us in three key areas of opportunity. We published a lot about LaMDA and PoN, the largest and most complex model in the field, as well as our significant work at DeepMind,” he added.
Sundar added “We’ll be introducing — we’ll — more as laboratory products in some situations, beta features in certain cases, and just incrementally scaling up from there” during the question and answer period. The area is rapidly evolving, thus it is obvious that we need to ensure that we are iterating in public. These models will only grow better over time. There will need to be an increase in serving costs.
“Thus, in my opinion, it is still very, very early in the process, but we are dedicated to putting our experiences into both new products and experiences, bringing direct LLM experiences to Search, making APIs available to developers and enterprises, and learning from those experiences in order to iterate as we have always done. I’m anticipating it, he continued.
Sundar continues, “I think it will allow us grow and serve new types of use cases, generative use cases, in terms of Search too, now that we can include more direct LLM type experiences in Search. Because of this, I believe I see this as an opportunity to rethink, re-imagine, and motivate Search to address new use cases for our users. Because it is still early, you will see us be brave and publish things, collect feedback, iterate, and improve things.
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