According to an internal email obtained by AxiosGoogle plans to significantly revamp its Assistant digital assistant to use new AI technologies similar to ChatGPT and the company’s Bard chatbot.
The change signals a major shift in strategy for Google and how Assistant will work for consumers, developers and employees.
Google plans to support the new AI-powered assistant and the original version.
Google begins corporate reorganization
The email, sent by Google VP Peeyush Ranjan and Product Director Duke Dukellis on Monday, said initial work on the new mobile version of Assistant has started.
According to the email, as part of the transition, Google is reorganizing the teams working on Assistant and making “a small number of layoffs” related to the changes.
The layoffs will affect dozens of jobs out of the thousands working on Assistant, Axios reported.
Commitment to original assistant remains
“We remain deeply committed to Assistant and are optimistic about its bright future ahead,” Ranjan and Dukellis wrote.
The Google executives sign off on their email, noting that they are holding a town hall tomorrow, where additional details will likely emerge.
“Duke and I will be hosting a town hall tomorrow to review the organizational changes in more detail and take your questions,” the email concludes.
Early thoughts on an AI-powered Google Assistant
The introduction of generative AI in Google Assistant represents a massive upgrade. This means Assistant can engage in more natural conversations, provide more detailed and nuanced responses, and perform tasks more intelligently.
The new Google Assistant can leverage LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), the company’s conversational AI system. LaMDA powers chatbots like Bard to generate human-like exchanges.
Integrating LaMDA’s capabilities will enable Assistant to better understand context during interactions. It can connect logically between pieces of conversation and maintain coherent, thoughtful dialogue.
Interacting with the new version will likely be a giant leap forward for users accustomed to the limited capabilities of the original Assistant.
If Google opens up APIs and other resources to allow third-party apps and services, developers can integrate the AI-powered assistant into their products.
There are numerous opportunities to create next-generation voice apps and experiences powered by Google’s AI advances.
As one of Google’s flagship consumer offerings, bringing advanced artificial intelligence to Assistant hints at what’s to come across Google’s portfolio.
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