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Google’s Gemini demo is now getting accused of being ‘pretend’



A “hands-on” tech demo of Google’s new synthetic intelligence mannequin Gemini has gone from being the speak of the city to being accused by critics of being “principally solely pretend.”

The six-minute video, which garnered 2.1 million views on YouTube since its launch on Dec. 7, exhibits it seamlessly interacting with a human operator in seemingly real-time, together with analyzing a duck drawing, hand gestures, and inventing a recreation referred to as “Guess the Nation” with simply a picture immediate of the world map. 

Nevertheless, Oriol Vinyals, a Google Deepmind govt has since clarified that whereas the person prompts and outputs within the video are actual, it has been “shortened for brevity.” In actuality, Gemini’s interactions have been text-based, not voiced, and took for much longer than the way it was represented within the video.

Google even admitted when importing the video on YouTube, with a disclaimer noting: “For the needs of this demo, latency has been lowered and Gemini outputs have been shortened for brevity.”

This, nonetheless, hasn’t stemmed a flood of criticism towards Google on social media.

“Google LIED. The AI demo flaunting Gemini’s capacities was a FAKE,” said one software program developer “Nelly R Q” a software program developer in an X (previously Twitter) submit on Dec. 10.

“It was edited, it was lower to appear to be it was quicker and extra succesful than it really is,” mentioned “Chief Nerd,” one other software program engineer.

Even Google’s personal staff have reportedly taken problem with the video.

One Google worker told Bloomberg that the video paints an unrealistic image of Gemini and exhibits how simple it’s to make the AI software look extra superior than it really is. The agency’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, additionally made no point out of the finetuning that went into the six-minute video in a Dec. 7 post.

Nevertheless, one other Google worker mentioned they weren’t too stunned by the demo as some extent of promoting is required to advertise such merchandise.

One other Google worker informed Bloomberg that particular person phrases in Gemini’s responses weren’t modified, and the voiceover captured excerpts from precise textual content prompting of Gemini. “The person’s voiceover is all actual excerpts from the precise prompts used to provide the Gemini output that follows.”

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At its launch, the Gemini ‘hands-on’ tech demo garnered spectacular reactions from onlookers.

“Google’s new Gemini AI watches a man draw a duck and explains what he’s doing every step of the way in which—not simply actually or mechanically, it could possibly infer what the man is aspiring to do, why he’s doing what he does. It feels…very human,” said Armand Domalewski, Knowledge Analyst at Palo Alto Networks in a Dec. 7 submit.

Launched as a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google claims Gemini exceeds leading AI models in 30 out of 32 benchmarks testing for reasoning, math, language and different metrics — together with GPT-4 in seven out of eight of these benchmarks.

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