Google is harnessing AI and rolling out new features to help people with hybrid work

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WE have heard the word “hybrid” a lot in recent months in reference to our work setups. Hybrid, in this context, essentially means being more flexible, and employers allow employees to work on-site, from home, or wherever they are more comfortable.

So many adjustments have been made to ensure employees are doing well physically, mentally and emotionally. For example, a friend of mine who works for a BPO recently returned, but a few weeks later there was a mini outbreak of Covid-19 in his office. The company then decided to adapt a hybrid configuration, which allows employees to work from home four times a week.

Working online has not been without its challenges, including a poor internet connection and, if you work from home, the sounds of babies crying, a TV on high volume, and even dogs barking.

I once had a call with an officer at my consulting work and a client, and when I played the recording later, I clearly heard my mom sneeze loudly and repeatedly (think 15 times consecutive) in the background. So here’s some good news: Google recently announced updates to Google Workspace to help workers be more productive and combat information overload.

Here are seven features coming to Google Workspace, most of them enabled by AI, in the coming months:

Portrait restoration uses Google AI technology to improve video quality. This means that even if you use Google Meet in a poorly lit room, your video will automatically improve.

Portrait Lighting uses machine learning to simulate studio-quality lighting in your video stream. It also allows you to adjust the position and brightness of the lighting. This feature also eliminates the need for a ring light.

Dereverb filters out echoes in spaces with hard surfaces, so you feel like you’re in a conference room with microphones, even if you’re not.

Live Sharing will sync content shared in a Google Meet call and allow participants to control media. All participants will see and hear what is happening at the same time.

There will now be auto summaries in spaces so users get updates on conversations you’ve missed.

There will be automated transcriptions of Google Meet meetings to Google Workspace, so users can catch up on meetings they weren’t able to attend. It’s a big relief for someone like me because transcription is not something I look forward to.

Google said it takes security seriously, so the security protections used for Gmail are coming to Google Slides, Docs, and Sheets.

“Our latest AI innovations are designed to help employees focus on what matters, collaborate safely, and strengthen human connections across modes and workplaces,” said Johanna Voolich Wright, vice president of product management for Google Workspace, in the company’s recent report. blog post.

Again, Google pointed out that they are big on security. “We protect more people online than anyone else in the world, and Gmail blocks over 99.9% of spam and phishing messages from reaching users’ inboxes,” Johanna said. Voolich Wright. For example, Google Workspace incorporates enterprise-grade access management, data protection, encryption, and endpoint protections.

Google said it will extend the phishing and malware protections that protect Gmail to Google Slides, Docs and Sheets to further strengthen security.

“Our systems are constantly learning from every attack attempt against the billions of users who rely on our products. This information allows us to anticipate and thwart new attacks by identifying emerging patterns and entry points,” Wright said.

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