For several months we have been surprising ourselves with the capabilities of ChatGPT, the OpenAI conversational bot that made available artificial intelligence (AI) in the foreground and whose technology became the heart of the new Bing. After those events we have been waiting for Google to make a move. The company has done so, and its response is gradually beginning to appear on the scene.
The Mountain View giant, which develops its own AI models, announced in February this year that it would enhance the capabilities of its browser with an integrated chat called Bard. Now it is the turn of Google Workspace. The suite of productivity applications embraces AI more strongly to incorporate new functions for the generation of text, images, audio and video. Let’s see what’s new.
Google Workspace says ‘Hello’ to AI
Let’s start with Docs and Gmail. The AI will become a writing assistant in these two applications. As we can see in the video below, a human resources professional, for example, could use this tool to create a post to fill an open regional salesperson position. By clicking on the magic wand of “Help me write”, the AI will be in charge of making the post based on a brief description.
“Workspace saves you time and effort writing that first version. Just type in a topic you’d like to talk about and a draft will be instantly generated for you,” says Google about this functionality. The company will also deploy a function to “formalize” texts. For example, he will take the notes of a meeting and rewrite them according to the chosen tone (more or less formal).
Some of these features are undoubtedly familiar to us. ChatGPT and the new Bing, with better or worse results, can take care of these tasks. Also, let’s remember, there are rumors that those from Redmond will also expand the AI to their office suiteadding new features to Word, Teams, and Outlook, a move that makes some sense after its multimillion-dollar investments in OpenAI.
The news from Google, however, does not end there. According to The Verge, Presentations, the alternative to PowerPoint, will also be powered by generative AI so that users can generate digital pieces for their work through textual prompts. Something like an IMAGE, DALL·E or Stable Diffusion integrated into the application. Undoubtedly another interesting novelty that could substantially improve the application.
Now, it’s crunch time. Google continues to be extremely cautious when it comes to deploying AI-related news. The company, under the argument that AI “is an emerging and rapidly evolving technology with complex challenges” will not open these functionalities to all users immediately. As with Bard, you will go step by step to progress through this stage.
So when will we see the news? Specifically, Gmail and Docs compose assistance capabilities will be available to test users “in the coming weeks.” The news related to Presentations, at the moment, do not have an initial deployment date assigned in the calendar, so we may have to wait a little longer to see them in action.
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