Google delays cloud rollout of its GPT-4 competitor Gemini

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Google wants to counter OpenAI’s advances with its multimodal model called Gemini. But its launch has been delayed.

Last we heard, Google was planning to give its cloud customers access to Gemini as early as November. Now, according to insiders, it won’t be ready until the first quarter of 2024, reports The Information.

While smaller sub-models were made available to outside parties for testing months ago, the main stumbling block is the large model that Google is putting into the race against GPT-4. It is not yet clear whether Google will be able to match the quality of GPT-4, and ideally surpass it.

According to the sources, a delay in the cloud version could also mean that Google wants to bring the new technology to its consumer products first.

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Gemini 1.0 will be the foundation for Google’s next generation of AI

Google has not officially commented on the launch. At a public event, CEO Sundar Pichai only mentioned that Google aims to release Gemini 1.0 as soon as possible and ensure that it is competitive and state-of-the-art.

In a call with investors, Pichai emphasized that the company’s next AI model will lay the groundwork for a series of next-generation models to be released throughout 2024.

For Google, the delay is a setback in the race with Microsoft and OpenAI. While Microsoft is successfully marketing OpenAI technologies to enterprise customers through its cloud, Google is struggling to reach consumers with its competing solution, Bard.

With few users, there is also a lack of a large feedback database to continuously improve the model. Google’s exclusive PaLM suite of language models available in the cloud lags behind OpenAI’s GPT-4 in terms of quality.

With Gemini, Google is focusing on combining the AI capabilities of its Deepmind subsidiary and Google Brain division. But integrating the different teams and models is proving complex. According to the report, Google co-founder Sergey Brin spends four to five days a week with the developers and provides guidance, though he does not officially make any decisions.

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