Google has granted partial access to its upcoming conversational AI product, Gemini, to a limited number of companies, according to a report from The Information on September 15. Gemini is a collection of large-language models (LLMs) that can power chatbots, generate and summarize text, and produce code and images.
Google initially plans to offer a limited version of Gemini, but later versions are meant to compete with and operate on the scale of OpenAI’s GPT-4. Gemini is expected to be offered through Google Cloud Vertex AI, an online portal that provides developers with access to AI models and other tools.
Google has not officially announced Gemini’s broadened availability, but the company has confirmed that the product exists. Google originally announced Gemini in May 2023, saying that the model was still in training but had “impressive multimodal capabilities” that had not been previously seen.
Google Pursues Multiple AI Goals
In late August, Google announced news related to several other AI pursuits, including its collaborative AI tool Duet and its improved AI chips, through its Cloud division. Those announcements also unveiled AI partnerships with popular companies such as Estee Lauder, FOX Sports, GE Appliance, and General Motors.
Google additionally offers AI services aimed at consumers through Bard, an AI chatbot that is primarily intended to generate written content. The company’s currently available AI model, PaLM 2, underlies Bard and certain other services.