Google Bard may become your AI life coach soon.

Google Bard may become your AI life coach soon.

Google’s AI: From ChatGPT to Life Coach

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Generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT have recently received criticism, but Google is now taking a positive approach with its next project: an AI that provides helpful life advice to people facing difficult times. According to a report from The New York Times, Google has been testing this AI technology across 21 different scenarios, ranging from personal to professional challenges.

The development of this AI is a result of Google merging its DeepMind research lab with its Brain AI team, indicating the urgency of Google’s effort to lead the AI race. With scenarios like not being able to afford travel costs for a close friend’s wedding, Google’s AI aims to provide practical solutions. Additionally, the AI’s tutoring function can help people enhance existing skills or acquire new ones. Its planning capabilities can assist users in creating financial budgets or meal plans.

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This shift towards addressing users’ personal challenges marks a significant departure for Google. Previously, an internal slide deck cautioned against fostering emotional attachments to AI tools, shortly after the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Google’s safety experts even warned that seeking life advice from AI could lead to diminished health and well-being, as well as loss of personal agency. Users might mistakenly believe that the AI possesses sentience and can understand them in ways only humans can.

During the launch of Google Bard in March 2023, the company explicitly stated that the tool could not offer advice on medical, financial, or legal matters. If Google decides to incorporate these capabilities into its AI tools, it signifies a drastic reversal and raises concerns regarding whether the company prioritizes AI supremacy over user well-being.

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Creating a life coach AI is just one of Google’s projects in the AI space. Others include tools for generating scientific and creative writing, assisting journalists in headline writing, and identifying patterns in text. However, earlier this year, Google criticized the idea of leveraging generative AI in literary pursuits, fearing that it could potentially “deskilling” creative writers.

While it remains uncertain whether these tools will come to fruition, Google’s determination to lead the AI race may come at a cost, as their own experts have cautioned. Despite the potential risks, Google shows no signs of slowing down, prioritizing technological advancement and innovation in AI. The development of an AI life coach underscores the ever-expanding possibilities of AI’s impact on our lives.