Google Introduces AI Chatbot Gemini in Canada, Expanding AI Capabilities Amid Regulatory Navigation

Google Introduces AI Chatbot Gemini in Canada, Expanding AI Capabilities Amid Regulatory Navigation.

After a significant delay, Google has introduced its artificial intelligence chatbot, Gemini, in Canada. Initially named Bard, this AI chatbot has been rebranded as Gemini for its Canadian launch. Gemini boasts the capability to analyze and respond to queries across various formats such as text, images, video, audio, and code, offering users instant, concise answers in the form of poems, lists, summaries, or letters. A notable feature of Gemini is its ability to provide users with step-by-step instructions for tasks like fixing a flat tire, creating custom images for invitations, drafting complex text messages, or generating photo captions.

Jack Krawczyk, the product lead for Gemini experiences at Google, highlighted the chatbot’s problem-solving capabilities, acknowledging its potential for errors but emphasizing its significant improvements. The launch in Canada was influenced by Google’s navigation of legislative challenges, particularly Bill C-18, the Online News Act, which mandates compensation for Canadian media companies from platforms like Google and Meta for using their content. Google’s commitment to annual payments of $100 million to news companies facilitated Gemini’s Canadian debut.

Google Introduces AI Chatbot Gemini in Canada, Expanding AI Capabilities Amid Regulatory Navigation.

Gemini will be accessible in around 40 languages globally, including English and Québécois French. Google also announced an Advanced Gemini version, part of the Google One AI Premium plan, priced at $26.99 per month. This premium service offers enhanced features for complex tasks and integrates with Google’s suite of applications while providing two terabytes of storage. However, Advanced Gemini is currently only available in English.

The chatbot is designed with a “double check” feature for verifying produced information against web sources. Google assures users of data protection, offering transparency and control over data usage for product improvement. The development and deployment of Gemini align with Google’s response to the AI innovation race sparked by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, positioning Google alongside other tech giants like Microsoft and Meta in integrating AI technology into their services. Gemini, along with its advanced version, is now available online and through mobile apps, marking Google’s strategic expansion of AI capabilities to Canadian users amidst evolving regulatory and market landscapes.


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