Google Takes Over AI News Cycle at I/O Conference as Regulations Loom: Weekly Roundup

As the chief editor of, it's my job to keep my finger on the pulse of all things AI. And let me tell you, this week was a doozy. With Google's annual I/O developer conference in full swing, there was no shortage of exciting news and product releases. But amidst all the buzz, there was also a looming shadow - regulations. As AI continues to evolve at breakneck speed, it's becoming increasingly clear that some sort of oversight is needed to ensure that it's being developed and used ethically. But for now, let's focus on the fun stuff. Here are the highlights from this week in the world of AI:

Google I/O Conference

Google's annual developer conference is always a big event, but this year they really pulled out all the stops. Here are some of the most exciting AI-related announcements:

  • LaMDA: Google's new language model is designed to be more conversational and natural than previous models. In other words, it's an AI that can chat with you like a real person. Scary or cool? You decide.
  • Project Starline: This one is straight out of a sci-fi movie. Project Starline is a video chat system that uses 3D imaging and AI to create a lifelike "hologram" of the person you're talking to. It's still in the prototype stage, but it's an impressive glimpse into the future of video communication.
  • Language model for code: This AI tool is designed to help developers write code more efficiently by generating suggestions and autocompleting common phrases. It's similar to GitHub's Copilot, but with a Google twist.

Notable Research

While Google stole the show this week, there were some other interesting AI-related stories that flew under the radar. Here are a few notable research projects:

  • An AI system that can predict which COVID-19 patients will develop severe symptoms with 90% accuracy. This could be a game-changer in terms of identifying high-risk patients early on.
  • An AI-powered drone that can detect and map plastic waste in the ocean. This could help researchers better understand the scale of the ocean plastic problem and identify areas that need cleaning up.
  • A new AI algorithm that can predict which trees are most likely to die due to climate change. This could help foresters prioritize their efforts and focus on the trees that are most at risk.


As exciting as all these advancements are, it's important to remember that AI is still a relatively new and largely unregulated industry. But that's starting to change. Just this week, the EU proposed new regulations for AI that would classify certain applications as "high-risk" and require developers to adhere to strict ethical guidelines. And in the US, the FTC held its first public workshop on AI and discrimination. It's clear that as AI becomes more integrated into our lives, regulations and ethical considerations will only become more important.

In the end, this week was a mixed bag for AI. On the one hand, we saw some truly impressive advancements and innovations. On the other hand, we were reminded that with great power comes great responsibility. As we move forward, it's up to all of us - developers, regulators, and users - to ensure that AI is being used for good, not harm.