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In April, Google Brain and DeepMind joined forces as Google DeepMind, with the intention of tackling the competitive threat posed by OpenAI and its revolutionary ChatGPT. Now, according to WiredDemis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind, said the company is working on a new system, Gemini, which is teased at Google I/O in May – which “will leverage techniques that have helped AlphaGo defeat a Go champion in 2016.
According to the report, Hassabis said the Gemini system will combine LLM technology with the reinforcement learning techniques used in AlphaGo, with the aim of giving it new planning and problem-solving capabilities.
Another recent report from The Information cited an anonymous source who said that Google researchers are using YouTube (owned by Google) to develop Gemini – which AI practitioners say could be a benefit for GoogleDeepMind, as it can get “fuller access to video data than its video-scraping rivals.”
At Google I/O, CEO Sundar Pichai noted in a blog post that Gemini, the company’s “next-generation base model,” is still in the making.
“Gemini was created from the ground up to be multimodal, highly efficient in tool and API integrations, and designed to enable future innovations, like memory and scheduling,” he wrote. “Although it’s early days, we are already seeing impressive multimodal capabilities not seen in previous models. Once refined and rigorously tested for safety, Gemini will be available in various sizes and capacities.
The Gemini reports come as Hassabis himself has expressed concern about the long-term existential risks of AI. In the Wired report, Hassabis says no one really knows for sure that AI will become a major threat, but if progress continues at its current pace, there isn’t much time to develop safeguards. “I can see the kind of things we’re building in the Gemini series, and we have no reason to believe they won’t work,” he said.
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