After recently combining Brain Team at Google Research and DeepMind into a single unit, Google still aims to take a “safe and responsible” approach to developing its artificial intelligence systems, chief executive Sundar Pichai said on the first-ever earnings call. Alphabet quarter.

AI opportunities

The company also adheres to its commitment to “invest responsibly and with discipline,” with machine learning one of the main areas in which it strives to operate more profitably and “with greater speed,” according to the CEO.

picai said:

“We have significant multi-year efforts underway to drive savings, such as improving machine utilization and finding more scalable and efficient ways to train and serve machine learning models. We are making our data centers more efficient, redeploying workloads and equipment where servers are not fully utilized. This is important work as we continue to invest significantly in infrastructure to power our many AI opportunities.”

Since the company launched its ‘Bard’ conversational AI in March, it has made strides like adding its PaLM model to the Bard, due to the consolidation of the DeepMind and Brain teams. The API allows Bard to assist with programming and development related tasks, including code generation.

Pichai said on the April 25 earnings call that Google has also released its PaLM API and its new MakerSuite tool so that developers can access the company’s large language models and start building new generative AI applications. He added:

“A number of organizations are using our generative AI big language models in Google Cloud Platform, Google Workspace, and our cybersecurity offerings.”

Pichai said the company added generative AI into its cloud offerings and made it available to cloud customers, noting that Google is the only cloud provider with NVIDIA’s new L4 Tensor Core GPU with its new machines. G2 virtual machines, which are “designed specifically for large inference AI workloads, such as generative AI.”

Alphabet posted $7.45 billion in revenue for the Google Cloud segment for the first quarter of 2023, up from $5.82 billion in the prior-year quarter, and Pichai noted that 60% of the world’s 1,000 largest companies are Google customers. cloud.

New experiences in search and beyond

The CEO said Google aims to “unlock entirely new experiences in search and beyond” as its AI capabilities develop and evolve “just as camera, voice and translation technologies have opened up entirely new categories of queries.” and exploration”.

In response to a question from JPMorgan’s Douglas Anmuth about integrating Bard into search products, Pichai said the company launched Bard as a complementary product to search, but hopes to bring large language model (LLM) experiences “more natively to search”.

However, he noted that the company plans to roll out such experiences “incrementally” to test, build, and innovate.

“I think overall, I think it can be applied to a wide range of queries. So I think I’m excited that it can allow us to better help users in a category of queries, maybe where there was no correct answer, and they’re more creative and so on. So I think those are opportunities. But even in our existing query categories, where we have the opportunity to do heavy lifting for users and use AI to guide them better, I think you’ll see us exploring in those directions as well. It’s early days, but I think there’s a lot of innovation to come.”

Pichai expressed his excitement about the potential of AI to help people and businesses, saying that the company will share updates at Google I/O on how it is using AI in its products, including Pixel devices, and will also share some developments. new for Android.

“We have used AI to open up access to knowledge in powerful ways. We will continue to incorporate generative AI advancements to improve search in a thoughtful and deliberate way. We will be guided by data and years of experience about what people want and our high quality standards. And we will test and iterate as we go because we know that billions of people trust Google to provide the right information.”

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