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Google’s AI Gemini, formerly Bard: How the generative AI chatbot works, how to access and use it

For over two decades, Google has made strides to insert AI into its suite of products. The tech giant is now making moves to establish itself as a leader in the emergent generative AI space.

Google is no stranger to the technology. Back in the 2000s, the company said it applied machine learning techniques to Google Search to correct users’ spelling and used them to create services like Google Translate.

Then, in the following decade, Google acquired DeepMind, at the time a little-known AI research company. It also introduced TensorFlow, an open-source machine learning framework that developers have used to build models with capabilities like image and speech recognition, natural language processing, and predictive analytics.

The company doubled down on its strategy in 2016 when CEO Sundar Pichai declared that Google would be an “AI-first company.” Years later, that’s set Google up for the generative AI wars, where it’s now duking it out with competitors like OpenAI and Microsoft to make the best products in the sector.

It released Bard, its first AI chatbot, in early 2022, though it later folded that into its family of large language models that it calls Gemini.

“Every technology shift is an opportunity to advance scientific discovery, accelerate human progress, and improve lives,” Google’s CEO wrote in December 2023. “I believe the transition we are seeing right now with AI will be the most profound in our lifetimes, far bigger than the shift to mobile or to the web before it.”

But what, exactly, do Google’s latest AI tools do? And how do they compare to rivals like ChatGPT? Business Insider compiled a Q&A that answers everything you may wonder about Google’s generative AI efforts.

Google didn’t respond to a request for comment from BI before publication.

What is Google’s Gemini?

A screenshot of Google's Gemini shows suggestions for how to use the chatbot, with a field to enter a prompt.
Gemini can be used for a variety of tasks. Screenshot of Google’s Gemini/BI

Gemini is the name of Google’s family of large language models. The search giant claims they are more powerful than GPT-4, which underlies OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

Launched in December 2023, Gemini is multimodal, meaning it can recognize and understand text, image, audio, video, and code to generate human-like responses. Google claims the model can help with writing, brainstorming, and learning, among other tasks. That’s because Gemini is trained on troves of public data, including “publicly available” Google Docs, and, soon, Reddit posts.

The model comes in three sizes that vary based on the amount of data used to train them. From smallest to largest, they include Nano, Pro, and Ultra. Gemini 1.5 Pro, Google’s most advanced model to date, is now available on Vertex AI, the company’s platform for developers to build machine learning software, according to the company.

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