AI: Google vitamin Gemini by giving it access to apps!

AI: Google vitamin Gemini by giving it access to apps!
AI: Google vitamin Gemini by giving it access to apps!
Gemini from Google will access your apps.

With extensions of the extensions, Gemini can now access information from YouTube, Maps, Flights, Hotels and Workspace to potentially save you time, plan, summarize and more. By unleashing the potential of its generative artificial intelligence (AI), the Californian giant is playing with fire and your trust. What to think?

As of late April, these Gemini-specific “extensions” are now available in more languages. According to Google, “You can now access real-time information from Google services and apps, like YouTube, Maps, Flights and Hotels, in more than 40 new languages.“. We must also add those of Workspace such as Gmail, Docs and Drive.

A chilling warning

“With extensions for Gmail, Docs and Drive, you can even easily find, summarize and get answers from your personal content. You control your privacy settings when you decide how you want to use extensions,” Google writes.

So paradise? Let’s just say our enthusiasm was immediately shaken. Google states from the outset and very clearly about Gemini: “your conversations are processed by human reviewers in order to improve the technologies on which Gemini applications are based. Do not enter any information that you do not want to be reviewed or used. The privacy guide.

But what’s the point and how?

When you have associated Gmail with a Workspace account, you can, for example, ask Gemini to find the latest messages from a commercial sender and summarize them. I asked him to find the last ten offers from a famous French-speaking online retailer: a mission successfully completed with flying colors.

But, sometimes, the experience can be painful, warns the giant. “Gemini apps may hallucinate certain responses or provide outdated information, such as from an old email when there is a newer one. To verify the information, click on the sources listed after the answer and review them,” Google warns.

A question of trust

As for Microsoft or other digital giants, all the potential of generative AI comes from the cross-referencing of data or information of various qualities. In terms of data protection, while Samsung regularly specifies in Galaxy AI that their processing, particularly that of images, is not stored, Google seems a little less reassuring.

This issue of data confidentiality is central and we should not give access to our personal information without very clear guarantees. Obviously, a company listed on the stock exchange has every interest in not betraying our trust and behaving correctly. With the advent of generative AI, hallucinations and human controls, this trust is no longer sufficient. What will the responses of Microsoft, Google, Open AI and others be? In all cases, this association can be disengaged at any time.

Global Data Policeman

My comment? More than ever, even if there are multiple options for erasing data or preventing its recording, external and independent auditors should audit all entities with access to personal data and verify that they comply with their ethical code.

Difficult to resolve this problem locally. There would need to be a global data protection policeman and therefore a consensus of all the States concerned… One could imagine that such an authority would emerge in the wake of what Europe is putting in place today, which is relatively cautious about these questions…

Xavier Studer

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