Putting Gemini to the Test: First Look at Google’s Project Astra [from PC MAG]

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(PC MAG) – After years of Google treating visitors to its homepage to doodles, Google I/O gave me an opportunity to return the favor at its AI Sandbox demo this afternoon. Set up in a temporary structure in one of the parking lots of the Shoreline Amphitheatre here, it allowed attendees to try out some of the AI systems and tools that were discussed in the keynote that opened Google’s developer conference.

My first stop invited me to challenge the Project Astra AI assistant in a doodle-recognition challenge. Handed a stylus, I drew a simple diagram on Astra’s touch screen of the District of Columbia as bisected by the Anacostia River and then saw Astra struggle with it: “It looks like a blue line with a squiggle on the left side,” it said.

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