Google For India 2023: From Transformative Innovations To The Power Of Generative AI; Here Is Everything You Need To Know

Google For India 2023: From Transformative Innovations To The Power Of Generative AI; Here Is Everything You Need To Know

Sanjay Gupta, the Vice President and Country Head of Google India, said that Generative AI is a technology capable of unprecedented levels of synthesis, prediction, and creation. He envisions it as the next pivotal moment, not only for India but for the entire world.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, October 19, 2023, 02:37 PM IST
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The annual Google for India event, now in its ninth edition, took place today. The Google for India event, held annually, serves as a platform for Google to present its innovations and strategies tailored for the Indian market, covering a wide spectrum from artificial intelligence (AI) to enhancing internet access.

Scott Beaumont, President of Google APAC starting the introductory session said, “Just one of the 4 billion transactions will pay this amazing access is what also gives Indians access to special services like Google Search and Google Maps, which I use every day around the country. And actually, those two services alone will create 920 million connections to businesses around India as they look to thrive and scale Just this month."

Sanjay Gupta, the Vice President and Country Head of Google India, said that Generative AI is a technology capable of unprecedented levels of synthesis, prediction, and creation. He envisions it as the next pivotal moment, not only for India but for the entire world.

UPI has successfully integrated every Indian with a bank account into the formal economy, he added.

Gupta stated,“To leverage the powers of generative AI, we have talked about four areas which I believe will impact digital economy." He also emphasized the importance of collaborating with various stakeholders, startups, and law enforcement agencies, among other parties, to realize the potential of AI.

Shivani Mohan, Senior Director, UX Research, Search said, “Generative AI is helping us, once again, reimagine, what a search engine can do by transforming the way information is organized.”

Vikram Bedi, the Managing Director of Google Cloud India, emphasized the global impact of Gen AI on businesses, highlighting Google's partnership with thousands of Indian companies. Gen AI has permeated enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as government operations, indicating a democratization of technology utilization.

Google working with the financial ecosystem 

Google collaborated with prominent financial institutions in India to provide responsible credit access. The company disbursed loans directly through Google Pay, targeting individuals with a monthly income below Rs 30,000, specifically in tier-two cities. Key partners included HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank. Google Pay introduced 'Sache loans,' with initial amounts as low as Rs 15,000 and manageable repayment terms.

Emphasizing Safety: YouTube's Commitment in India

YouTube, with a strong commitment to ensuring safety in India, implemented a range of initiatives, one of which was the "Hit Pause" campaign, featuring educational videos. Google, in alignment with its safety objectives, made significant efforts to remove harmful content through a combination of technology.

In total, over 2 million videos that infringed upon YouTube policies were removed, with an overwhelming majority of these videos having received just 10 or fewer views.

Furthermore, YouTube introduced a new watch page dedicated to news in India, accessible in 11 official Indian languages.

Google to make Pixel smartphone series in India

Rick Osterloh, the Senior Vice President for Devices and Services at Google, announced the company's plan to collaborate with international contract manufacturers for the production of Google Pixel series smartphones in India.

YouTube is set to suggest videos from reliable sources.

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, is set to launch a "Watch Page" dedicated to credible news sources in India in the near future, as revealed by a senior company representative on Thursday.

Mira Chatt, the Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy at YouTube India, made this announcement during the Google for India event. She emphasized that the "Watch Page" would feature video recommendations from trustworthy sources and is scheduled for release in the coming months.

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