The Google I/O developer conference kicks off today, and we expect to see all the juicy stuff at the main keynote happening just a few hours from now. It’s going to be a virtual event so everyone can join the YouTube stream to watch it all unfold live.
You can watch the Google I/O keynote’s livestream right here:
So far, Google has announced major update to Maps, with features like smart routing. We’ve also seen big changes to Workspaces, with support for Google Meet integration directly into Google’s suite of apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides — which should make for significantly easier collaboration on projects. New features for Google Photos like locked folders, photo grids, and memory controls have us excited as well.
Google also unveiled its brand-new LaMDA conversational AI, which produces some mind-blowingly human language in dialogue (one of Google’s demos was a conversation with the ex-planet Pluto). Another demo involved chatting with a paper airplane, one of the most strange things I think I’ve ever seen a computer do. That said, it was exceptionally impressive, if a little odd. The presentation continues, and we’ll keep updating this post as announcements are made.
These new conversational models have practical uses, too, but Google promises that its Assistant AI will become radically more intelligent when it comes to understanding complex but natural inquiries like “find a beautiful mountain view” in Maps, or showing a video of a lion roaring on YouTube. It’s pretty wild stuff.