Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, introduced new products and shared more information about the company’s “AI first” future. Here’s a quick look at Google’s biggest announcements from its its 2017 I/O keynote.
Google is rethinking “all” of its products for an AI-first world. That’s the high-level promise from Pichai, and the change Google must successfully navigate to continue its dominance. Examples: Google Search now ranks differently using machine learning, Google Maps Street View automatically recognizes signs, and video calling uses machine learning for low-bandwidth situations, etc.
Google can now use your camera as an input device. Google announced a “Lens” feature for its Assistant service that will tell you information about what’s in front of your phone camera: What type of flower you’re looking at, info about the restaurant across the street, etc. This combines a bunch of tech buzzwords — AI, AR, machine learning, computer vision — into one feature, and highlights how Google’s massive collection of data about the world can be used together. It’s also another example of how Google is trying to get ahead of the latest preference for photos versus text.
Recap of Google I/O 2017