Google I/O 2021: LaMDA enables Google Assistant

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Google Assistant is arguably the smartest voice assistant around, but even it suffers in some situations. Fortunately, the software giant has been working on improving natural language recognition capabilities.

If Google Assistant is already struggling to understand simple commands, a breakthrough technology called LaMDA could help AI have relaxed and fluid conversations. The LaMDA artificial intelligence is still under development, but Google plans to open it up to third-party testing soon.

Presented at the I/O 2021 keynote, LaMDA (or Language Model for Dialogue Applications ), Google built LaMDA on its open-source neural network architecture Transformer. The transformer is typically used for practical applications, such as predictive text software and voice assistants. But Google has trained LaMDA to engage in informal dialogue, giving it the ability to have fluid, human conversations on any topic.

For some reason, Google chose to feature the AI ​​LaMDA in two weird role-playing scenarios. In the first, LaMDA spoke in the voice of Pluto, a self-proclaimed “planet” that discussed current events like the New Horizons mission, the cold vacuum of space, and scientists’ claims that Pluto is not a real one. planet.

The second conversation shows LaMDA as a paper airplane. He described his work as a paper plane and wondered how the word “good” could have multiple meanings – a very Zen answer to the question “what makes a perfect paper plane”.

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An AI adapted to specific scenarios?

These conversations were not scheduled by Google, according to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google. They were triggered by commands such as “Hello, I would like to have a conversation with a paper airplane”. From there, the AI ​​searches for information related to its role as an airplane, as well as news about paper airplanes or related topics (a paper airplane can get stuck in trees, so the AI ​​can search tree information).

Sundar Pichai said he and his son learned a lot from talking to “Pluto”. AI LaMDA may find early applications in education, as it will certainly appeal to children. A kid who wants to learn more about lions, for example, might ask LaMDA to pose as a lion. Either way, LaMDA is sure to have a big impact on conversational AI and Google Assistant.

Natural conversations

By focusing on natural conversations, LaMDA should theoretically help improve Google Assistant dramatically, and might as well change the way we interact with it. Unfortunately, LaMDA is not yet available for current Google products.

The company plans to use LaMDA on several of its products, including Google Assistant, Search, and Workspace in the future. Google is currently working to make LaMDA’s answers both compelling and factual before leveraging its capabilities.

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