Google’s AI Test Kitchen lets you teach its AI better conversational skills

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What you need to know

  • During Google I/O 2022, we saw a live demo of the AI Test Kitchen app for Android.
  • The app has three LaMDA 2 demos for in-depth conversations with Google Assistant: List It, Imagine It, and Talk About It. 
  • AI Test Kitchen is currently in closed beta, with Google “gradually” letting in new users.
  • This crowdsourced testing app is designed to reduce “inaccurate or offensive responses” so the AI can stay “on topic.”

After unveiling its futuristic language model for dialogue applications (LaMDA) at last year’s I/O, Google announced the new-and-improved LaMDA 2 at Google I/O 2022. And unlike last year’s on-stage demo, you’ll be able to test Google’s revamped AI and machine learning tools for yourself — eventually.

The goal of LaMDA is to let you have extended conversations with Google Assistant, where the AI stays on a particular topic or branches out to other topics based on your interest — simulating a proper conversation. This isn’t available in the Google Assistant app (yet), but you can test out LaMDA in the AI Test Kitchen app currently in a closed beta.

Google’s goal with AI Test Kitchen is to essentially crowdsource making its AI more helpful to people’s needs. It first sent the app to Google employees for feedback, leading to a “reduction in inaccurate or offensive responses” from LaMDA. Now, it’ll slowly open up the app to everyday people to get their feedback too, and “learn, improve, and innovate responsibly on AI together.” 

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In the app, you’ll find three demos. List It has you bring up a topic like “Plant a vegetable garden” and receive a to-do list of what you’ll need to do or learn before starting; you can then tap specific items to learn more or ask it to regenerate the list with new ideas.

The second demo is Imagine It, and it follows the pattern of last year’s demo: you ask LaMDA to describe an experience like visiting Pluto or the ocean floor, and then prompt it to take the story in different directions like “what is the temperature like” or “describe the jellyfish” based on your interests.

AI Test Kitchen app

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Lastly, Talk About It (Dogs Edition) lets you chat about whatever dog-related topic strikes your fancy. This isn’t just to be cute; Google needs to test whether the AI can remember the original topic of discussion or if you can accidentally (or intentionally) get it to forget how new questions relate to old questions.

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