Google has long been a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), and the company is now taking its AI capabilities to the next level with the launch of a new project called Magi. This project, according to a recent report by the New York Times, will bring generative AI to Google Search in two stages, with the first stage arriving imminently.
Project Magi will upgrade Google’s existing search engine with AI features that will offer a much more personalized experience than the company’s current service. It will allow Search to answer questions about software coding and even write code based on a user’s request. This is made possible thanks to the technology behind Google’s PaLM language model, which can generate natural language code.
Users will have the ability to ask follow-up questions, and the generated results will feature ads. According to the New York Times report, Google currently has 160 designers, engineers, and executives working full-time on Magi, and they are quickly iterating on the project. As of last week, employees have been invited to test and query Magi, with a public launch coming in May.
However, the initial launch will be significantly gated to the United States, and it will be limited to a maximum of 1 million users before increasing to 30 million by the end of the year. This suggests that Google is taking a cautious approach with the rollout of this new technology, likely due to concerns about potential issues or bugs that could arise.
In addition to Magi, Google is also reportedly working on other AI projects, including an image generator called GIFI and a chatbot called Searchalong for the Chrome browser. GIFI is said to be capable of generating realistic images from textual descriptions, while Searchalong will allow users to chat with Google about anything they’re interested in.
Overall, Google’s push into generative AI is an exciting development for the search engine giant and its users. With Magi, Google is bringing cutting-edge AI capabilities to its search engine, which could revolutionize the way we search for and discover information online.