At Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, the tech giant unveiled its latest software and product releases. However, for the first time in the conference's history, AI dominated Google's flagship event of the year.
To analyze the announcements, Contributing Editor Dan Patterson discussed them with ZDNET's Editor in Chief Jason Hiner and editors Kerry Wan for his expertise in hardware, and Sabrina Ortiz for her extensive AI coverage.
Google's latest announcements and focus on AI were a response to the huge success of AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Bing Chat in the last few months, and the fact that Google hasn't had much luck with Bard.
Although the announcements seem innovative, were they enough to keep Google ahead of the competition? Besides evaluating the success of each major product and software release, the ZDNET editors chatted about whether Google's emphasis on AI is viable for its business model and what this shift could mean for consumers.
As Hiner mentioned in the conversation, which can now be viewed on YouTube, Google is facing an innovator's dilemma. Its business model relies on generating revenue from its traditional search and ads within search results, and a shift to a chatbot could potentially cost the company a lot of revenue.
Will Google overcome its classic innovator's dilemma? Was the event a win or a flop for the company? These questions and more were tackled during the conversation.