O Google started this Tuesday the I / O, your annual developer conference. This year, the event takes place mostly online, due to the covid-19 pandemic, but it still brings the main news and technology announcements that the company intends to implement in the coming months and years. According to Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, who opened the conference this year, the new ads are initiatives by Google to make people’s lives better and more functional.
The first big announcement was search engine changes, the company’s flagship and which established it as one of the great powers of the internet. Google says it’s working to implement a new artificial intelligence interaction in the search, called MUM, which in Portuguese means Unified Multitasking Model.
According to the company, the technology is able to solve complex information challenges and increase the search experience of users, creating a summary and index system, with the main information related to the search. MUM is considered by Google 1,000 times more powerful than BERT, the current model used by the company.
In addition to having greater capacity for searching and condensing information, the new intelligence will also be able to mix different aspects of the searched term and provide information that is in images and videos. Different languages are also on the MUM working spectrum, who will be able to translate information that is in other languages and translate it into the desired language. For example, if the information most suited to a search is in Japanese, artificial intelligence will already be able to translate this and send the result to the user in English.
The example used in the presentation was someone doing a search on Mount Fuji, Japan, after climbing Mount Adams, USA. The search would understand, then, that the user is comparing two mountains and would bring results of physical preparation, equipment, routes, and infrastructure on the mountain. It would even be possible to send images of the material and ask if it is appropriate for the climb.
Changes to Google Maps
Google also announced that it is updating the operation of Maps for drivers and as a navigation tool. The update, which will be implemented in the coming months, will help to decrease travel time and choose paths with less carbon emission, with routes with less traffic or other interruptions. The changes provide for the elimination of 100 million travel disruptions.
Maps closer to users’ interests will also be incorporated with artificial intelligence. The tool must show places you’ve been featured in, and other similar places with your interests as well.
Other changes in Maps are in street information, such as sidewalk width details, pedestrian routes, or wheelchair accessibility, for example. Google also said it will show the stocking and occupancy of entire regions, not just specific locations. The idea is to give more details about whether a region is experiencing a high access contingent.
In Street View, Google will now display information about businesses, including photos, opening hours, and other details.
LaMDA language intelligence
The new language intelligence allows to give life to inanimate objects. During the presentation, Google demonstrated the function by giving “life” to the planet Pluto and also to a paper plane. Using information available for these two objects, the company can allow artificial intelligence to impersonate them in a voice conversation — as if the interlocutor speaks to the planet, for example.
According to Pichai, the model follows the company’s research and use of artificial intelligence principles.
Using your cell phone camera to do translations and searches is a resource used 3 billion times every month. Google is bringing more features to the Lens feature, which should help even students who are studying remotely. The company will update the translation filter to help students access educational content in more than 100 languages.
The function can now be used to put paper inscriptions and mathematical formulas into the digital, for example.