Gemini is the Real Start of the Generative AI Boom
A new AI model from Google is fresh competition for ChatGPT
The history of artificial intelligence has been punctuated by periods of so-called "AI winter," when the technology seemed to meet a dead end and funding dried up. Each one has been accompanied by proclamations that making machines truly intelligent is just too darned hard for humans to figure out.
Google's release of Gemini, claimed to be a fundamentally new kind of AI model and the company's most powerful to date, suggests that a new AI winter isn’t coming anytime soon. In fact, although the 12 months since ChatGPT launched have been a banner year for AI, there is good reason to think that the current AI boom is only getting started.
OpenAI didn't have high expectations when it launched the “low-key research preview” called ChatGPT in November 2022. It was simply a test of a new interface for its text-generating large language models (LLMs). But the chatbot's ability to do such a wide range of things, from synthesizing essays and poetry to answering coding problems, impressed and unnerved many people and set the tech industry aflame. When OpenAI added its new GPT-4 LLM to ChatGPT, some experts were so freaked out that they begged the company to slow down.
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