Google CEO Sundar Pichai aims to redefine online interaction with Gemini, incorporating multimodal capabilities and generative search experiments. (Source: Image by RR)

Google’s Generative AI Goes Beyond Search Engine to Chatbot, Coding Assistance

Google Gemini, previously known as Bard, represents Google’s foray into generative AI, offering users an alternative to traditional search engines. Launched in February 2023 and rebranded as Gemini in February 2024, this ecosystem includes a chatbot that responds to natural language prompts by pulling information from the internet and presenting it in natural language, rather than as snippets or links.

Gemini offers various functionalities, including summarization, comparison, suggestions, explanations, brainstorming, drafting text, and internet searches. It can summarize text, compare items or web pages, suggest products or activities, explain concepts, generate ideas, assist with coding, and draft text based on provided prompts.

One of Gemini’s notable features is its multimodal capabilities, allowing users to interact with text, imagery, audio, and code seamlessly. It also integrates with Google’s Imagen 2 image generation technology, enabling users to create images directly within Gemini. However, users should exercise caution since sometimes Gemini can provide inaccurate or offensive information, and its responses should be verified before use.

Gemini is available for free, with a premium tier called Gemini Advanced included in Google One’s AI Premium plan. While Google emphasizes the usefulness of Gemini, it also warns users about potential inaccuracies and offensive content. Additionally, users must be at least 18 years old to use Gemini, and organizations should ensure compliance with their policies when allowing access to Gemini within Google Workspace accounts.