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Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected

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Said Eli Collins, VP of product at DeepMind, "We designed Gemini to be natively multimodal.”

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Google's long-promised, next-gen generative AI model, Gemini, has arrived. Sort of.

The version of Gemini launching this week, Gemini Pro, is essentially a lightweight offshoot of a more powerful, capable Gemini model set to arrive… sometime next year. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Yesterday in a virtual press briefing, members of the Google DeepMind team — the driving force behind Gemini, alongside Google Research — gave a high-level overview of Gemini (technically "Gemini 1.0") and its capabilities.

Gemini, as it turns out, is actually a family of AI models — not just one. It comes in three flavors:

  • Gemini Ultra, the flagship Gemini model
  • Gemini Pro, a "lite" Gemini model
  • Gemini Nano, which is distilled to run on mobile devices like the Pixel 8 Pro*

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