It is sensible for the generative AI engine Google Bard so as to add a few of its smarts to the Google Assistant software that is been setting alarms and searching up info on the net for years – and that is precisely what Google has simply introduced at its Made by Google 2023 occasion.
Assistant with Bard is described as “a step in the direction of a extra private assistant” by Google exec Sissie Hsiao, and it builds on the recently added integrations between Bard and different Google merchandise like Gmail and Google Drive.
So, for instance, you possibly can ask Assistant with Bard to focus on a very powerful emails you’ve got had this week for you, or get the software to jot down a social media put up for you, to accompany a photograph of your very cute pet.
One other demo Google ran by was checking the place a celebration was (based mostly on a Gmail invite), discovering out how lengthy it could take to get there (by way of Google Maps), after which sending a textual content providing to journey there with a selected good friend.
Personalization and reasoning
“[Assistant with Bard] combines Bard’s generative and reasoning capabilities with Assistant’s customized assist,” writes Hsiao. “You possibly can work together with it by textual content, voice or pictures – and it might even assist take actions for you.”
So that you get all of the creativity of Bard, plus the performance of Google Assistant, plus the personalization provided by the integrations with different Google merchandise. It is a fairly complete bundle, and it may be obtainable on Android and iOS over the following few months.
It seems as if some options will likely be unique to Android, due to Assistant’s deeper hooks into apps and settings on that platform. Google has additionally emphasised that the product will likely be “constructed along with your privateness in thoughts” and have particular person privateness settings – so we’ll wait and see what which means.
Generative AI was an enormous a part of the a number of bulletins on the Made by Google 2023 occasion at this time, from picture modifying methods on the Google Pixel 8 Pro to clearer voice calling on the Google Pixel Buds Pro. You possibly can make amends for every thing that occurred on our Google Pixel 8 liveblog.