If you were previously hesitant to explore the world of artificial intelligence, there’s no need to worry. The technology is coming to you. Google has been developing AI for years and has taken a cautious approach, working to perfect its products before releasing them to the market.

However, this caution was abandoned when they were caught off guard by the sudden rise of OpenAI and the launch of ChatGPT. As a result, Google is fully committed to integrating AI into its products.

This was made clear during their 2-hour keynote at Google I/O 2023, where “AI” was mentioned over 140 times. This demonstrates just how important AI has become to Google. In fact, it’s even rumoured that they are now serving AI-powered coffee in their cafeteria.

In addition to their rumoured AI-powered coffee, Google is also integrating AI into many of their popular products and services. From Gmail and Google Photos to Search and Maps, the company is working to enhance these tools with the latest AI technology.

This means the products and services we use daily will soon have a fresh, AI-enhanced look and feel. Google is committed to bringing the benefits of AI to its users, and this is just the beginning of its efforts to do so.

Gmail – Help Me Write

Google is utilizing AI to enhance many aspects of its Gmail service. This includes improving the accuracy of spam filtering, suggesting relevant contacts when composing an email, and providing personalized recommendations for email apps and extensions.

However, the standout feature is currently in Beta testing: Help Me Write. This tool uses AI to assist users in composing emails. It can suggest topics, phrases, and even entire paragraphs. Additionally, it can help with grammar and spelling.

Previously, people were using ChatGPT and other AI chatbots to help them write emails. But with the integration of Help Me Write into Gmail, users no longer have to leave the platform to receive assistance with their emails.

To use this feature, simply compose an email and click the “Help Me Write” button. The AI will then generate a draft of the email based on your input, which you can edit and finalize as needed.

Help Me Write is still in Beta testing and will be rolled out in the coming months. So don’t be surprised if you don’t see it yet.

This raises some interesting questions about the nature of communication. If both parties in a conversation are using Help Me Write, are they really communicating with each other? Or are their AIs simply having a conversation while they sit back and watch?

It’s possible that even platforms like WhatsApp will eventually incorporate AI writing assistance. Only time will tell.”

Google Photos

Even if you’re not a skilled photographer, Google Photos is making it easier than ever to capture and organize your memories.

Using AI, Google Photos can automatically organize your photos, identify faces and objects within them, and even create collages and animations. These features have been available for some time, but the upcoming Magic Editor is special.

One of the standout features of Magic Editor is Magic Eraser, which is currently available on the Pixel (and also on Samsung Galaxy devices under the name Object Eraser). This photo editing tool allows users to easily remove unwanted objects and people from their photos.

It’s amazing to think that photobombs are no longer an issue. Simply circle the object or person you want to remove from the photo, and it will be as if they were never there. In the past, people had to physically cut unwanted individuals out of their photos with scissors. What a time to be alive!

Magic Editor

Magic Editor is taking photo editing to the next level. With this tool, anyone with a smartphone can manipulate images in ways that previously required extensive training and expertise.

In addition to removing unwanted objects from photos, Magic Editor can also change the colour of the sky. So if you finally get to visit that exotic location, you’ve always dreamed of, only to have your photos ruined by dark clouds, don’t worry. With just a few swipes and taps, you can make it look like the sky was bright and clear on the day you took the picture.

But that’s not all. Magic Editor can add new elements to your photos, such as flowers, animals, or text. And you can even move existing elements around within the image.

Google demonstrated this capability by transforming a photo of a woman standing in front of a waterfall. They moved the woman to the other side of the image, and Magic Editor automatically filled the space where she had previously stood. They also changed the overcast sky to a bright blue. The entire edit took just seconds.

In this age of Photoshop and image manipulation, trusting any image we see isn’t easy. But with advanced editing tools like Magic Editor becoming available to everyone, it’s likely that the meaning and value of photographs will continue to diminish.

The other AI-infused products

Google is utilizing AI to enhance its popular products and services, including Maps, Search, and Translate.

With Google Maps, AI is being used to improve the accuracy of traffic predictions, suggest new places for users to visit, and provide personalized recommendations for restaurants and other businesses.

In Google Search, AI is used to improve search results accuracy and relevance. This is achieved using various techniques to better understand and match user intent, content quality, and relevance. Google claims that when fully rolled out, this technology will improve roughly 7% of all search queries.

Finally, with Google Translate, AI is used to make the service more accurate, faster, and more comprehensive. This will allow users to more easily communicate with others in different languages and access information from around the world

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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