Soon (Google hasn't said when exactly), this subscription will also unlock Gemini in Google's Workspace apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides, where it functions as a smart assistant similar to the GPT-4-powered Copilot that Microsoft uses. test in Office 365.
When can you get it? The free Gemini app (powered by Gemini Pro) is available today in English in the United States. Starting next week, you'll be able to access it across the Asia-Pacific region in English, Japanese, and Korean. But it's unclear when the app will come to the UK, EU countries or Switzerland.
Gemini Advanced (the paid service that provides access to Gemini Ultra) is available in English in over 150 countries, including the UK and EU (but not France). Google claims to analyze local requirements and fine-tune Gemini based on the cultural nuances of different countries. But he says more languages and regions will be available.
What can you do with it? Google says it developed its Gemini products with the help of more than 100 testers and experienced users. At yesterday's press conference, Google executives outlined a handful of use cases, such as asking Gemini to help write a cover letter for a job application. “This can help you appear more professional and increase your relevance to recruiters,” said Kristina Behr, vice president of product management at Google.
Or you can take a photo of your flat tire and ask Gemini how to fix it. A more elaborate example involved Gemini managing a snack rotation for parents of children on a football team. Gemini would make a schedule of who should bring snacks and when, help you send emails to other parents, and then respond to their responses. In future versions, Gemini will be able to draw on data from your Google Drive that could help manage carpooling around game times, Behr said.
But we should expect users to find many more uses for these tools. “I’m really excited to see how people around the world will push the boundaries of this AI,” Hsaio said.
Is it safe? Google has worked hard to ensure that its nifty products are safe to use. But no test can anticipate all the ways the technology will be used and misused once released. In recent months, Meta has seen people use its image-making app to produce images of Mickey Mouse with guns and SpongeBob piloting a jet toward two towers. Others used Microsoft's imaging software to create fake pornographic images of Taylor Swift.
The AI Act aims to alleviate some, but not all, of these problems. For example, it requires creators of powerful AI like Gemini to incorporate safeguards, such as watermarking for generated images and measures to avoid reproducing copyrighted material. Google says all images generated by its products will include its SynthID watermarks.
Like most companies, Google was left behind when ChatGPT came along. Microsoft's partnership with OpenAI has given it an advantage over its former rival. But with Gemini, Google is back with a bang: it's the most artful packaging of this generation's technology yet.
Correction: We clarified that you will need a subscription to access Gemini in Docs. and Gmail.