Google Abandons Plan for AI-Powered Chatbot App Aimed at Gen Z Users

  • Google had been developing ‘Bubble Characters’, an AI-powered chatbot featuring interactive digital characters designed for Gen Z users, but the project was ‘deprioritized’ amid company-wide reorganization.
  • The app utilized large language models to foster human-like interactions; an example included a digital character offering friendly conversation and even relationship advice.
  • Following reorganization, focus shifted to Bard, a competitor to ChatGPT; simultaneously, some AI researchers from Google left to start their own chatbot enterprises, securing significant funding.
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