25 July 2023

Google founder is working on Gemini

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While one of Google's first employees retires, one of the founders is increasingly involved in day-to-day business. Urs Hölzle, who joined Google in 1999 as the eighth employee and has recently focused on cloud infrastructure, is stepping down; Google founder Sergey Brin returns to Google to help build a new AI model.
At first it seemed that Brin's arrival was temporary, due to the panic that ensued after ChatGPT hit the market, but now he appears to be visiting Google's offices three to four days a week to help build Google's Gemini AI model. After resigning his board position at parent company Alphabet, he would take a more hands-off approach, but apparently the blood is thicker than water. He has long been very interested in artificial intelligence technology.

Gemini

Google now has its own chatbot with Bard, but the development of AI initiatives continues. With Gemini, Google wants to build a general-purpose AI system that can compete with OpenAI's GPT-4 model, which is the basis of the paid ChatGPT version. Gemini is multimodal, which means it can process text, image and sound. According to Google CEO Demis Hassabis, Gemini will be available this year.
During Google I/O, Google said about Gemini. “Gemini is multimodal, highly efficient and built to enable future innovations such as planning. Although it is still early days, we are already seeing impressive multimodal capabilities that we have not seen in previous models.”
The retreat of a cloud technology mainstay, and its founder's increasing involvement with a new AI model, is perhaps emblematic of Google's new direction. Less traditional, but more AI-focused.

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