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Google's AI model just got faster with Gemini 1.5 Flash

It all went down at the Google I/O event.
Google's AI model just got faster with Gemini 1.5 Flash Credit: Google I/O screenshot

Gemini is getting a facelift.

Sundar Pichai announced a new model of Google Gemini, Google's AI model, at the company's annual Google I/O event on May 14.?

"We want everyone to benefit from what Gemini can do," Pichai said.

Gemini 1.5 Pro is a "natively multi-model" originally announced in February. The company announced at I/O that it will help support AI Overviews, Ask Photos, NotebookLM, and more. In the seemingly perpetual fight to the front of the AI world, Gemini 1.5 Pro is an invaluable resource for Google, which plans to use the AI model as the basis for Pixie — the new version of the Google Assistant — and other Google products.

And there's a new member to Google's family of AI models, showing the world a new model: Gemini 1.5 Flash. It has much of the same capabilities as 1.5 Pro but should run faster and more efficiently due to lower latency and a lower cost to serve.

"Today, we're introducing Gemini 1.5 Flash," Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind who introduced Flash, said. "Flash is a lighter-weight model compared to Pro. It's designed to be fast and cost-efficient to serve at scale while still featuring multi-model reasoning capabilities and breakthrough long context."

In a blog post, Hassabis said Gemini 1.5 Flash "excels at summarization, chat applications, image and video captioning, data extraction from long documents and tables, and more."

You can give both Gemini 1.5 Pro and Gemini 1.5 Flash starting today with one million tokens. They're both available in Google AI Studio and Vertex AI. Developers can sign up to try two million tokens.

"We're so excited to see what all of you will create with it," Hassabis said.

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