Space News from
Google goes big on ChatGPT-style chatbot

San Francisco, Feb 8 (AFP) Feb 08, 2024
Google on Thursday rebranded its ChatGPT-style chatbot to Gemini, giving it unprecedented prominence on its products, as the tech titan's AI race with Microsoft heats up.

The name change from Bard comes a year after the search engine giant rushed out its chatbot in a frantic bid to catch up with Microsoft's Bing chatbot, which was released through its partnership with OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT.

Since their launch, the chatbots have expanded into generating images as well as texts in answers to simple prompts, basing themselves on data trawled from the internet.

Crucially, Gemini will be available through an easy-to-see link on the company's Google app on iPhones, signaling that the AI chatbot is becoming an integral part of its consumer experience on par with search.

Google also said it was releasing Gemini Ultra 1.0, its most powerful generative AI model yet, which will be available as an advanced chatbot for $20 a month in 150 countries -- but only in English.

The less powerful Gemini and Gemini Advanced will be standalone apps on Android phones and integrated into the Google app on iPhone.

For now, the apps are not available in Europe, with the company indicating that it still has to figure out regulatory hurdles there.

The announcement by Google came a day after Microsoft said it had revamped its equivalent Copilot app, which is the new name for the Bing chatbot.

Microsoft said it was running an ad during Sunday's Super Bowl that would promote the use of its Copilot standalone app.

As some doubts persist on the long-term use cases for generative AI chatbots, both Google and Microsoft put forward their product's ability to enhance creativity online.


Space News from
Commercial US spaceship lands on Moon, a first for private industry
What to know about the NASA-funded commercial Moon fleet
NASA Science Aboard Intuitive Machines Continues Journey to Moon

24/7 Energy News Coverage
Harnessing light with hemispherical shells
Corning uses neutrons to reveal 'atomic rings' help predict glass performance
Mavenir Demonstrates Successful NB-IoT Data Call Over Ligado's SkyTerra Satellite Network

Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
UK has 'confidence' in nuclear system despite misfire
France urges more 'vigilance' against Russia sabotage in military: internal memo
Putin says 'categorically against' putting nuclear weapons in space

24/7 News Coverage
New techniques uncover ancient biomass secrets in Australian rocks
Mars' volcanic activity suggests Early crust recycling
NASA joins National Wildfire Coordinating Group

All rights reserved. Copyright Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.