Google Cloud Next London '23 – what's coming?

By: Ancoris says
Tag(s): GCP
Published: Sep 12, 2023
Google Cloud Next London '23 – what's coming?

Inspiration. Innovation. Education. The three words that will underpin Google Cloud Next London ‘23. Taking place across Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October at Tobacco Dock, London, this event will bring together professionals to discuss challenges, solutions, ideas and game-changing solutions. 

As always, Google Next London is bound to include the latest from across the Google ecosystem. What should we expect? Well, San Francisco’s Google Cloud Next ‘23 has given us some ideas of what’s in store.

Several announcements were made – in fact, 161 of them! They spanned across the ecosystem with updates from across data, modern infrastructure cloud and geo to name a few (check out our round-up of the geo announcements here). Here are some of the key  highlights. 

Unsurprisingly, the hot topic that is Generative AI was a huge focus of the event. With this focus came perhaps one of most noteworthy announcements – the general availability of Duet AI for Google Workspace. ICYMI, Duet AI is an AI-powered collaborator that aims to help users be more productive when using Google Cloud – all in real-time. Threaded throughout the Workspace suite (including Gmail, Docs and Sheets), Duet AI can do a lot of the heavy lifting with the right prompt. With just a few words, users can start creating content (for example,  drafting emails or creating presentations) to help their workday go by more smoothly.  

Also announced was the expansion of Duet AI in Google Cloud. Currently in preview, this side of Duet AI aims to make developers’ lives easier with features to support them across the entire software development lifecycle. Building on the capabilities that were unveiled at Google I/O in May (including code and chat assistance), Duet AI in Google Cloud now supports code refactoring for application modernisation and context-aware code generation amongst other new capabilities (more on that here). This is all set for general availability later this year so keep an eye out for this new and improved iteration. 

Vertex AI is undergoing an expansion. New models have been added to Vertex AI Model Garden which include Llama 2 and Code Llama from Meta plus  Falcon LLM from the Technology Innovation Institute. Anthropic’s Claude 2 was also pre-announced so that’s on the horizon. In terms of the existing line-up of models, PaLM 2 now supports 38 languages and 32-000 token context windows which will allow for long documents to be processed in prompts.

Also related to Vertex AI, Google has become  the first cloud provider to provide digital watermarking functionality in its Imagen image generation model. Named SynthID, this functionality will allow a watermark to be added to images that have been created by generative AI. The watermark will not be visible to the human eye but it will be detectable for identification. Even if the image is modified (e.g. by adding a filter, changing a colour, etc.), the watermark will remain in place. As it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish photorealistic AI-generated content from genuine photos, this will empower  users by letting them  know which sort of content they are dealing with. 

This is just a selection of the announcements so make sure you head to Google Cloud to check out the full list of announcements to find out what else is in store for the world of cloud. Without a doubt, Google Cloud Next ‘23 has paved the way for what is sure to be a jam-packed London edition.

If you are also going to Google Cloud Next London '23  and would like to catch up on all things Google Cloud, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us today.

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