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Google I/O 2024: Sundar Pichai on Gemini, AI progress and more

A message from our CEO

May 14, 2024

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet

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Editor’s note: Below is an edited transcript of Sundar Pichai’s remarks at I/O 2024, adapted to include more of what was announced on stage. See all the announcements in our collection.

Google is fully in our Gemini era. Before we get into it, I want to reflect on this moment we’re in. We’ve been investing in AI for more than a decade — and innovating at every layer of the stack: research, product, infrastructure, and we’re going to talk about it all today. Still, we are in the early days of the AI platform shift. We see so much opportunity ahead, for creators, for developers, for startups, for everyone. Helping to drive those opportunities is what our Gemini era is all about. So let’s get started.

The Gemini era

A year ago on the I/O stage we first shared our plans for Gemini: a frontier model built to be natively multimodal from the beginning, that could reason across text, images, video, code, and more. It marks a big step in turning any input into any output — an “I/O” for a new generation. Since then, we introduced the first Gemini models, our most capable yet. They demonstrated state-of-the-art performance on every multimodal benchmark. Two months later, we introduced Gemini 1.5 Pro, delivering a big breakthrough in long context. It can run 1 million tokens in production, consistently, more than any other large-scale foundation model yet.

We want everyone to benefit from what Gemini can do. So we’ve worked quickly to share these advances with all of you. Today more than 1.5 million developers use Gemini models across our tools. You’re using it to debug code, get new insights, and build the next generation of AI applications. We’ve also been bringing Gemini’s breakthrough capabilities across our products, in powerful ways. We’ll show examples today across Search, Photos, Workspace, Android and more.

Product progress

Today, all of our 2-billion user products use Gemini. And we’ve introduced new experiences too, including on mobile, where people can interact with Gemini directly through the app, now available on Android and iOS. And through Gemini Advanced which provides access to our most capable models. Over 1 million people have signed up to try it in just three months, and it continues to show strong momentum.

Expanding AI Overviews in Search

One of the most exciting transformations with Gemini has been in Google Search. In the past year, we’ve answered billions of queries as part of our Search Generative Experience. People are using it to Search in entirely new ways, and asking new types of questions, longer and more complex queries, even searching with photos, and getting back the best the web has to offer.

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