In fact, AI is now the key focus for the company, with CEO Sundar Pichai stating at Google I/O earlier this year his belief that we are “shifting from a mobile-first world to an AI-first world.”
But what else has Google been using AI for?
More accurate translations
You may not know this, but in November 2016, Google Translate switched from its old sentence-based translation system to a new one based on neural networks.
Google’s Neural Machine Translation system translates whole sentences at a time, rather than just piece by piece. It uses this broader context to help it figure out the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to be more like a human speaking with proper grammar. Since it’s easier to understand each sentence, translated paragraphs and articles are a lot smoother and easier to read. Additionally, the network learns over time, meaning that every time it translates something, it gets better and better.
Become the undisputed best Go player in the world in 40 days
Everyone’s familiar with Google’s world champion-beating AlphaGo AI, but much more impressive is Google’s new AlphaGo Zero AI. Previous versions of AlphaGo learned the game through analyzing thousands of professional games. AlphaGo Zero skipped this step entirely, and was just taught the basic rules of the game, and improved only by playing matches against itself. After ju