While Google’s I / O Developers Conference is not just dedicated to the digital workspace, there are enough workspace technology announcements to make it worth seeing. Go deeper, which will be the focus of our news wrap-up this week.
Google has made several announcements this year that seem to be a great addition to any organization operating in the Google environment, especially for those working in a hybrid environment. So, without further ado, here are five workplace announcements from Google I / O that range from practical to ambitious.
1. Summary coming to workspace ‘space’
One way that people now work in a more flexible and asynchronous way is to expand the summary automatically created in Google’s chat app workspace ‘Space’ for discussion and file sharing.
Like many announcements this year, the summaries are especially for those who work in a hybrid team and may have missed something offsite or offline. Google first introduced the summary in Google Docs in February.
At the time, Google defined summaries as a way to automatically distort the content of a long document into a short summary – a cliff notes digital workspace, if you will.
Upon entering the space, the feature will select and highlight the most valuable information in a chat and allow users to navigate to the most relevant chat history content, theoretically catching them. Much faster than long trade analysis.
Summary for Business, Enterprise, Education, Necessary and Frontline editions expected next month. Google plans to bring a copy to Google Meet later this year. The transcript summary is not expected until 2023.
2. Google AI for the workplace
It’s all driven by Google’s ongoing work on machine learning and artificial intelligence. There are fair issues with Google’s work with AI, although they have been shared across the industry. The problems with AI language models, for example, have led to gender and racial bias and sometimes wrong or special decisions. Google is trying to partially solve these problems by opening its AI work to selected researchers for testing through its new AI Test Kitchen.
AI Test Kitchen is an app where people can select and test and comment on some of Google’s latest AI technology. The company has not finalized who will be able to access the app, but suggests it will be an invitation-only program. According to Google, the goal is to improve Google’s AI development.
Although Google is downsizing its AI language models, it sees AI as a solution to some common problems with hybrid work in general and video conferencing in particular. Molly McHugh-Johnson lists a number of upcoming workspace features on an official Google blog, announced during the first I / O:
- Portrait Recovery: Google uses AI technology to improve video quality in poor lighting, poor Wi-Fi, outdated cameras, and more.
- Portrait Light: The studio uses machine learning to mimic quality lighting in video streams.
- Echo: Echo filters in spaces with hard surfaces to improve meeting sound quality.
- Live Share: Synchronizes content shared in Google Meet calls to allow participants to control the media.
- Security: Google sends many of the protections that exist in Gmail to slides, documents and sheets.
3. Google dives into Multisearch AR
Another feature built on the speed of the previous announcement is “Multisearch Near Me.” In April, Google launched its first multiple search.
According to Google, the extension of this feature will allow people to combine an image or screenshot with the text “near me” to get results from local retailers or restaurants where there are clothing, household items or other items you may be interested in. Multisearch near me is expected later this year.
The company also announced an ongoing development for multisearch that approves ARK. Upcoming functionality will allow searching across multiple objects.
Current visual search on Google can detect objects captured in a single image. In the future, with an advance called “Scene Search”, you’ll be able to use Multisearch to scroll the camera to gather information about multiple objects in a larger view.
4. Google’s new AR glasses?
There have been reports over the past few months that Google is making AR glasses, but nothing has been confirmed until the I / O conference. The prototypes of the glasses were released in a promotional video during the keynote address by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai told the audience that this was just a prelude to what was going to happen.
“Languages are so basic to connect with each other. Still, understanding someone who speaks another language or trying to follow a conversation if you are deaf or hard of hearing can be a challenge, ”Pichai told the audience.
The video shows practical use where AR glasses can help people at work and at home, Google’s glasses, in stark contrast to Google Glass’s first journey, which raises privacy concerns while failing to address practical situations like these. Google Glass has received a new insult – the dubious honor of inspiring Glasshole.
As inspiring as the video is, Google does not promise that such products will actually hit the market. Videos and announcements at I / O can test the water to measure human response. We’ll find out soon enough, though, since Google VR was an early player in space and is unlikely to be bypassed by any new or established entrant into space.
5. Protection of personal information
Finally, as part of an ongoing review of its data policies, Google has announced two features aimed at giving users more control over their personal information.
In the coming months, Google says it will be easier for individuals to request removal of search results that contain personal information Jane Fitzpatrick, Google’s senior vice president, writes about two new tools that will give users more control over their data.
- Relevant search results for you: With the new tool with updated removal policy, people can more easily request removal of Google search results, including their contact information, such as phone number, home address and email address. This functionality in the Google app is expected in the coming months.
- My Ad Center: Later this year, Google will introduce more controls for advertising privacy settings. This will allow brands to see more or less and consumers will have an easier way to choose personalized ads. My Ad Center gives you more control over the ads you see on YouTube, Search and your Discover feed, and the ability to block and report ads.
The company has made other security upgrades and releases, but in terms of protecting personal data, the two are different.