Google Answer to ChatGPT by Adding Generative AI into Docs and Gmail

What does Google have in the works for Google Docs and Gmail? How will this benefit you and your business?

Google Answer to ChatGPT by Adding Generative AI into Docs and Gmail
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On March 14th, Google announced that they will be adding Generative AI to Google Workspace, where their users can harness the power of generative AI to create, connect, and collaborate.

Let’s do a quick overview of Generative AI. 


What is Generative AI?


Generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a type of artificial intelligence technology that can create various types of content for users such as text, imagery, audio and synthetic data. Artificial intelligence has been able to achieve this by training the model to study and identify patterns linked to the input, and produce similar content. 

Generative AI uses unsupervised and semi-supervised machine learning algorithms and inputs a large amount of data. The neural network used in generative AI will learn patterns on the inputted data, where only a limited number of parameters are given so that the generative AI models can learn to make their own conclusions.

They are used to create design art, produce code, write blogs, and generate high-quality content. You may have already heard of popular generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, DALL-E 2, and Bing AI.

So what does Google have planned?


Googles Generative AI Docs


Google is on a mission to connect people across their Workspace, so they can create, build and grow together. They will be incorporating AI across Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Meet, and Chat.

They are not currently publicly available, but Google plans to roll the service out to trusted testers throughout the year. They will start their trusted tester program with English in the United States, and then refine the tooling so that it is more catering to consumers, enterprises, and educational institutions in different countries and languages. 

The features include:

  • Gmail: draft, reply, and summarize
  • Docs: brainstorm, proofread, write, and rewrite
  • Slides: Auto-generated images, audio, and videos
  • Sheets: data analysis, formula generation, and contextual categorization
  • Meet: generate new backgrounds and capture notes
  • Chat: enable workflows

They will kickstart their new venture with Docs and Gmail. With Docs and Gmail, you will be able to create customized job descriptions, summaries of an email, draft an invitation, and more. 

Rather than just seeing a blank Google Docs or new email, you will see a prompt which says ‘Help me write’. The aim is to take that initial workload of people and businesses, providing them with an instant draft to work with. 

An example is shown below:


Google Answer to ChatGPT by Adding Generative AI into Docs and Gmail
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The Generative AI will also help you to rewrite what you’ve already started. This can simply be a few bullet points on your phone that you jotted down to prepare for a meeting. The Generative AI can then transform these bullet points into a well-written detailed summary, for you to provide to your team. You will be able to formalize, elaborate, shorten, bulletin, write a draft and find the right style or voice.

To learn more about what to expect, watch this quick video:

Although these features are amazing and will help save a lot of people time. Google highlights that:


“AI is no replacement for the ingenuity, creativity, and smarts of real people. Sometimes the AI gets things wrong, sometimes it delights you with something offbeat, and oftentimes it requires guidance.”


Google is prompting users to still review, accept and edit to ensure that the user is in full control. They will also be working on corresponding administrative controls to provide to IT teams to set the right policies for their organization. 


Wrapping it up


Over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting news about technology releases left right and center. At this point, it’s quite hard to keep up. 

With that being said, how do you think Generative AI in Google will help businesses? And will it affect any other particular businesses? Let us know in the comments, below.

Nisha Arya is a Data Scientist, Freelance Technical Writer and Community Manager at KDnuggets. She is particularly interested in providing Data Science career advice or tutorials and theory based knowledge around Data Science. She also wishes to explore the different ways Artificial Intelligence is/can benefit the longevity of human life. A keen learner, seeking to broaden her tech knowledge and writing skills, whilst helping guide others.