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Google's new AI Model Gemini

Really quite interesting innovation in AI models that could change the future.

By Mohammed DarasiPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - December 2023
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Google's new AI Model Gemini
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7 years ago, I started writing as a hobby (something other than very mind-numbing university essays). I wanted to write articles about interesting things I came across.

I remember reading an article about Google acquiring an AI company called Deepmind. The article talked about the tests Deepmind conducted on their AI which prompted me to write an article relaying my thoughts.

Google introduced their latest AI model called Gemini a few days ago. When I first saw the introduction video, I was reminded of Deepmind and, funnily enough, it was indeed the Deepmind team that worked on this new Gemini AI. At the same time as introducing this new AI model, they released videos on YouTube demonstrating its capabilities in various tasks. The most impressive demo was where the AI interacted (seemingly in real-time) with a video. That video showed the AI interacting seamlessly and smoothly with the video which to me signals the next step in what most people would consider real AI (of course, our only references for “real AI” come from pop culture).

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are used everywhere in ways that are not overtly obvious to most of us. They're used in search engines, self-driving cars and even with tools like Grammarly, which uses a version of OpenAI (the AI that powers chat GPT, among other things).

Of course, when talking about AI, we always have to talk about the potential risk — despite the fears mostly coming from movies we watch. Even though these fears come from pop culture, they are not unfounded. We all know that a powerful being ruled by logic might deem us humans as irrelevant or even a threat. For now, most “AI” systems I see seem like machine learning only. While machine learning is a subset of AI, it is not the idea of AI that we are accustomed to. Machine learning is where a computer tackles a specific task and learns and improves within that task. The AI systems we are all thinking about would be able to learn and interact like humans, meaning it is a broader application of AI.

The demo video that I mentioned earlier is one that actually makes this Gemini model seem like the AI that we are all thinking about. In this demo, the AI is interacting with video, rather than text or audio only. The interaction is smooth and natural and is close to the popular idea of AI.

I have a YouTube channel where I react to interesting things (though I have mainly been reacting to videos of one freestyle rapper so far). When I saw the video introduction of this AI I just had to go and record a video talking about it.

I watched this video before doing more research about the Gemini AI or the demo videos, so I did not realise that Google came out after releasing these demos saying that their videos were edited. Of course, when seeing things like this, we always have to be sceptical because they are not live videos. I did have some scepticism, but the excitement was a much higher priority so I decided to watch the whole video. I did notice that there was something in the video that could indicate editing (go to 22:03 in the video above) but I was still hoping that the demo at least had some truth to it because it would mean amazing improvements to AI and future technology.

I am very excited to see where this goes, but what do you think? Is this a good innovation, or are we heading towards a dystopian future where AI and technology will rule everything?

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About the Creator

Mohammed Darasi

I write fiction, poetry and occasional articles about interesting topics. I recently created a website (just because) which I will be posting my writing in (among other things). it would be great if you check it out. https://mindpit.co.uk/

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  • G. K. Hunter2 months ago

    Speaking of searches, does the Vocal app actually have a search bar??

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    I maintain the heading into a dystopian future for us all. AI and tech practically rule everything already. Just give it a bit more time. Interesting article. Great TS.

  • Mariann Carroll3 months ago

    Great article 👌

  • Julygwynet3 months ago

    This was a fun story to read.Today I published a new story. If you want to read my story then visit this link https://vocal.media/motivation/the-little-boy-s-small-joys-in-the-countryside-on-christmas-day.

  • Deni Sahaya3 months ago

    Great article Mohammed. The future is wild.

  • Phil Flannery3 months ago

    I wonder what the next step is. As industry becomes more automated, and there is less need for a workforce, who will it all be created for. No one will have the money to buy the things that are produced; except a very small, but growing number of billionaires. I think millionaires are now considered middle-class. What of the artistic pursuits of creators like ourselves? I don't want to look at art created by AI. I don't want to read a fiction story written by AI. Like you, I have fairly recently found writing as a nice thing to do, and Vocal a good place to expose it. Why bother, if I might be competing against a computer program. I know that it has advanced medical procedures dramatically, but that directly benefits humans. What happens when we have no reason to get out of bed? My daughter posed a question to me recently. Are we heading towards a 'Hunger Games' scenario. Thanks for writing this, I've wanted to know more for a while now.

  • Kenny Penn3 months ago

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if AI was really part of the next human evolutionary stage?

  • Donna Fox (HKB)3 months ago

    This was a very thought provoking and insightful article! Congrats on Top Story!

  • Lana V Lynx3 months ago

    As long as we as humanity make sure that AI works for all of us rather than very few people at the top making inequality even worse and as long as we are not the AI’s slaves, I’m fine with it.

  • Lol, I don't even know what to think but I think the odds are against us. Like Donna below, I think we're definitely heading for dystopia, lol

  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    We are 100% heading for dystopia 🫣🫣🫣🫣🤣 but I love sci-fi so idk

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