I’m genuinely interested in the AI tools being offered by Google ChromeOS.

Google ChromeOS: AI-driven PCs seem to be the next frontier, backed by industry giants like Intel, AMD, and Apple, who are championing computers equipped with neural processing units (NPUs). However, what intrigues me the most are the AI tools and features offered by Google’s ChromeOS.

While major players in the tech world are confident that AI-powered computers and laptops will soon dominate the market, with Gartner projecting that 22% of all personal computers will be AI-driven by 2024, there appears to be a gap between this expectation and the actual standard of AI PCs.

The entry cost into this technology may be steep, potentially reaching thousands of dollars, posing a significant investment for buyers without a clear direction or roadmap for the future development of these products.

Meanwhile, Google’s ChromeOS has long been employing AI tools in the background, spanning various functionalities such as the launcher search bar, hardware acceleration, live captioning, palm rejection for stylus use, and AI-optimized batteries that contribute to extended battery life.

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John Maletis, Google’s VP of ChromeOS Product, UX, and Engineering, emphasizes, “Generative AI opens up new avenues for creating helpful features.” He underscores that Google’s approach isn’t about introducing features for the sake of it; rather, the focus is on developing AI-driven functionalities that deliver tangible benefits to users.

The Google Chromebook Plus has already integrated several of these useful features and tools into its lineup of laptops, as mentioned by Maletis. These include “writing and reading assistants we previewed, Magic Eraser, and more,” many of which stem from Google Gemini (formerly known as Google Bard) and are seamlessly integrated into Google Workspace and other programs.

Recently, Google Gemini received an update incorporating generative AI for image creation, fully integrated into Google products and accessible via a right-click. Additionally, there are now convenient writing tools within Google Workspace that, with a simple right-click, enable users to input a prompt to generate text. Users can also “emoji-fy” the text, incorporating relevant emojis throughout.

Maletis emphasizes Google’s belief in “democratizing access to new technology, including AI,” leveraging ChromeOS’s inherent advantages with the cloud to facilitate these innovations in the early stages of the technology’s developmentā€”a principle I support.

Despite potential issues with generative AI, many AI features, tools, and programs hold significant potential to benefit individuals. These tools should not be restricted behind expensive technology inaccessible to the average person. Accessible and beneficial AI must remain available to all.

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