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Google is adding AI to help you search visually. But I wouldn’t trust it just yet

By Ken Wong - on 9 Feb 2023, 12:05pm

Google is adding AI to help you search visually. But I wouldn’t trust it just yet

Google in working hard to include AI results in your Map searches. Image source: Google.

At a Google Live event in Paris, the company announced plans to make searching in Maps more intuitive through the inclusion of AI.

Never leave the app the image is sent in with Lens. Image source: Google.

You’ll soon be able to use Lens on Android to search for any image on your screen without leaving the app. For example, you can search a landmark in an image a friend sends you in Chat by pressing the power or home button on your Android phone, which calls up your Google Assistant and then tapping “search screen.” Lens will home in on the image and identify it, allowing you to click to learn more.

Image source: Google.

Google is bringing ‘multisearch’ which combines text and images in a single query, onto mobile devices globally, in all languages and countries where Lens is available. but Google is adding the ability to search locally.

Simply take a picture and add “near me” to find what you need, whether you’re looking to support some local takeaway in your neighbourhood or just need to find something in a hurry. This is currently available in English in the U.S., and in the coming months, we'll be expanding globally.

Image source: Google.

Ever think that all malls in Singapore are alike? Well, now you can find that store you’re looking for easily when indoor Live View comes to Singapore in the coming months. Easily navigate airports, train stations, and shopping centres, and never be lost again.


Oops…AI got that wrong

The mistake has been viewed more than 1 million times. Image source: Google.

But you may want to hold off on totally relying on Google’s AI just yet.

Google’s AI powered chatbot Bard, which is powered by LaMDA, made a mistake which according to an online news report, cost the company $100 billion in market value.

In a blog post announcing the release of Bard, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, showcased a video explaining new discoveries from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to a 9-year-old. One of the responses from Bard was that the telescope took the “very first pictures of a planet outside of our own solar system.”

Unfortunately, the very first image of an exoplanet was captured by the Very Large Telescope, a ground-based array in Chile, in 2004 and confirmed as an exoplanet in 2005, according to NASA—long before James Webb’s 2021 launch.

The Twitter post from Google with the query has been viewed 1.4 million times.


News source: Reuters

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