Google has recently announced AI integrations throughout its portfolio, and one of its latest offerings is the Pathways Language Model 2 (PaLM 2) large language model (LLM), which is already powering 25 Google services. This move is in response to the competition from rivals such as Microsoft. The new AI smarts are now powering several Google services, including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, YouTube, and the emerging Google Bard chatbot.
Google is also offering some interesting “early-stage experiments” in AI that users can try out. These experiments cover AI-enhanced search, workspaces, note-taking, and music-making. To test these new “Google Labs” AI-enhanced services, users must sign up to gain access, and they will likely be on a waiting list. Users must also be using the Chrome browser to sign up. To access the new AI-enhanced services, users can head over to the Google Labs page with their Chrome browser, where they will find more information, sign-up opportunities, and waitlists to join for accessing the new AI-enhanced services: Search Labs, Google Workspace with Duet AI, Project Tailwind, and MusicLM.
If users want access to all four services, they will need to sign up for the waitlists for all four, and they may get access to them at different times. For each one, users will also be asked for their location, profession, and why they want to use it. Users can find all the links on labs.withgoogle.com, but here are the direct sign-up links:
With web search at its historical core, it isn’t a surprise that Google would like users to dabble with its new AI-enhanced Search Labs project. This experiment (English language, US only, initially) exposes three useful features to users: the Search Generative Experience (SGE), Code Tips, and Add to Sheets.
SGE is the most interesting new feature of the Search Labs project for typical users. Google says that this experiment takes users’ search term(s) and applies AI to make sense of the information that is generated by the search. For example, AI-powered overviews of the information are generated, and pointers to explore more and follow up are highlighted.
Google’s Workspace Labs project is designed to appeal to those who regularly use office productivity tools. The work of the “Duet AI” here is to both create (generative AI) and act as a spare pair of hands in many routine office tasks (assistive AI).
Google asserts that Workspace with Duet AI can help with writing suggestions (Docs, Gmail), can optimize calendars, can create images from verbal descriptions, or generate background images in Meet, and more. One of the ways it works alongside users is via a side panel, which Google describes as a “sidekick” companion.
Though it could sit comfortably within the Workspace concept, for some reason, Google has separated out this AI-first notebook experiment. Project Tailwind is trained on users’ personal documents in Google Drive. It is, therefore, effectively a personalized and private AI model powered by the information users choose to give it.
Google framed this as a great notebook tool for students, but it could also find fans among anyone utilizing information from a host of sources to create new work. Project Tailwind is US-only at the time of writing.
MusicLM is a generative AI tool designed to turn textual descriptions into music. As an adapted language model (LM), it can transmute typing into complex melodies.
Google suggests that users can test this tool by inputting a prompt like “soulful jazz for a dinner party.” Whatever users input, MusicLM will provide two audio alternatives, asking them to click on a trophy next to their favored result to improve the AI model.
MusicLM appears to sit alongside the most impressive AI applications that write and render images from a little human prompting. Again, there are geo-limits on applications, and even if users are accepted as potential service testers, they may be put on a waitlist.
Developers who want to build their own AI tools using Google’s PaLM API can join the waitlist for that.
In order to join the waitlist, users can visit the PaLM API sign-up page. Google’s PaLM API is a powerful tool that allows developers to build their own AI models using the Pathways Language Model 2.
It’s worth noting that all of these AI experiments are still in the early stages and are subject to change. Additionally, some of these experiments are geo-limited, meaning they may only be available in certain regions.
Overall, these new AI-enhanced services from Google are an exciting development for users who are interested in exploring the potential of AI. Whether it’s AI-enhanced search, workspaces, note-taking, or music-making, there’s something for everyone to try out. With Google’s continued investment in AI, it will be interesting to see what other innovative solutions they come up with in the future.