I/O 2022 from Google: Focus on computing and research

The Google I/O conference was once again conducted as a physical event. CEO Sundar Pichai provided the most important company news. This includes more intuitive Google search, new voice artificial intelligence and secure data management with protected computing.

google The A search engine par excellence – but so much more. With Android, Google Maps, Google Translator, YouTube and Co., the company supports millions of people and businesses every day in a variety of areas: whether it’s accessing video entertainment, ordering assistance in another language, navigating unfamiliar areas, or installing the latest popular app. Now many innovations have been introduced in the world of Google, which can provide users with more support. Because for the first time since 2019, I/O can again be held as a physical event – in 2020 it fell victim to Corona, in 2021 it was only held digitally.

CEO Sundar Pichai announced various news during the event. There are great plans in the research area in particular. Computing is at the forefront of many changes. From Google Maps to new YouTube features, we give you an overview.

Organizing the world’s information

At the beginning of his keynote, Pichai explained that all Google services serve the company’s mission:

Organize the world’s information and make it globally useful and accessible.

The main innovations are summarized in the Google blog The Keyword Germany. Accordingly, Google is particularly interested in making information (and content) available to people. As part of Google’s mission, access to knowledge must be expanded by improving search. New functions such as scene recognition and more natural and intuitive computing with the Google Assistant should play a central role.

Google Translator will also provide more knowledge or at least help in the future. This gets 24 new languages ​​as an option, including ten new African languages ​​such as Lingala and Oromo.

Google Translator, © Google

Google Maps can be as useful as a translator; Both in everyday life and when traveling. However, in the future the Service should provide more information to users, including visual information. Because Google is extending Maps with 3D Maps and Machine Learning. This combines billions of aerial and street images to create a new and more comprehensive map experience.

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An example of a new image. Immersive screen for Google Maps, © Google

New YouTube Features: Subtitles & Chapter Search

DeepMind’s technology allows YouTube to combine text, audio, and video to automatically create chapters with greater accuracy and speed. Auto-generated chapters are useful for creators, as well as researchers. Because they can end up as a Google search result and deliver information from a video quickly and clearly.

Automatically translated subtitles are also planned in 16 languages ​​on YouTube. But initially only on mobile devices. This feature should be given great importance for content internationalization – and it can also benefit short content creators.

Artificial intelligence remains a major topic

Basic AI plays an essential role in the automatic creation of platform elements. That’s why Google is working hard to keep developing models for machine learning and the like. For example, the world’s largest publicly accessible machine learning center has now opened. This purpose-built hub is built on the same network infrastructure that runs Google’s largest neural models. Google customers must be able to run complex models and workloads that can drive innovations, for example in the fields of medicine, logistics and sustainability.

In addition, Sundar Pichai announced the second version of the LaMDA Generative Language Model. This is Google’s most advanced conversational AI to date, and it’s on AITestkitchen. In this, users can test the new Google options by themselves. In order to explore other aspects of natural language processing and artificial intelligence, the company also announced the Paths Language Model (PaLM). It’s Google’s largest model in this field to date.

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At the beginning of the year, Google introduced multimedia search, which is often based on artificial intelligence and new language technologies.

Google Workspace is set to become more efficient

AI is also set to play a bigger role in the future in the context of the workspace. It is integrated into workspace products. Google has already introduced automatic summaries for Google Docs and will soon also be using it in Google Chat and Google Meet.

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Abstracts in Google Docs help collaboration, © Google

Google Meet is also very important for collaboration. For this purpose, Google offers better audio and video quality and enables studio-quality virtual lighting. Google wants to be able to represent everyone as they really appear. And there should be a reference to Project Starline in Meet, so that there is an almost three-dimensional feeling in the meeting.

Augmented Reality: Borders Blurred

When meetings and translations come together, for example, Google uses new augmented reality technologies. The company confirms its progress in translation and transcription with an already tested prototype:

However, with all the uses of partially personal data, the question of data protection in the world of Google always resonates. So the company wants to create new developments here as well. In the context of this, protected computing was introduced. Protected computing represents a growing toolbox of technologies that influence how, when, and where data is processed. In addition, Google wants to introduce new features to users that provide more options for managing data. The search engine company recently announced that users can remove more personal data from search.

The topic of data protection is also the focus of Google’s hardware and software. On the one hand, the company introduced the new Pixel wallet, and on the other hand it was announced the launch of the second beta version of Android 13. In this version, the focus is on aspects such as “privacy, security, personalization, and compatibility with large screen devices such as TVs”. For example, the uniform color scheme of the application design is also new:

All the apps on the home screen are light orange and gray to match the orange flower wallpaper
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You can watch Sundar Pichai’s full keynote here:

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