Google Launches AI Studio for Easy Access to Gemini Generative AI Model
Google has unveiled AI Studio, a new web-based platform giving developers easy access to its recently announced Gemini AI large language models. The service lets builders quickly develop and deploy chatbots, apps, and other software powered by Gemini’s natural language generation capabilities, specifically Gemini Pro, the middle-size version of the three Gemini options.
Gemini AI Studio
Google AI Studio provides free usage quotas, code libraries, and tooling to start building with both Gemini Pro and the forthcoming Gemini Ultra model. The generous allowances let developers freely iterate ideas and publish applications leveraging Google’s AI, which is a key advantage over competing services. The platform represents a rebrand and upgrade of Google’s existing MakerSuite toolkit. Enhancements include tuning controls for safety, prompts, and output styles, plus structured workflows tailored to dialogue, QA, summarization, and more.
Notably, the pricing structure seems designed to compete directly with OpenAI and its GPT-3.5 Turbo LLM. The Gemini Pro model is priced by character at $0.00025 per 1,000 characters of input and $0.0005 for output. Approximately four characters make a token, the more common measurement for generative AI processing, so about $0.0010 per 1,000 tokens for input and $0.0020 per 1,000 tokens for output, exactly the same price OpenAI charges for GPT-3.5-turbo.
“Google AI Studio is a free, web-based developer tool that enables you to quickly develop prompts and then get an API key to use in your app development. You can sign into Google AI Studio with your Google account and take advantage of the free quota, which allows 60 requests per minute — 20x more than other free offerings. When you’re ready, you can simply click on “Get code” to transfer your work to your IDE of choice, or use one of the quickstart templates available in Android Studio, Colab or Project IDX,” explained Google vice presidents Jeanine Banks and Burak Gokturk in a blog post. “We’re excited that Gemini is now available to developers and enterprises. As we continue to fine-tune it, your feedback will help us improve.”
The news comes on the heels of last week’s Gemini launch and its rollout in Google’s chatbot Bard. AI Studio now opens access to creators and enterprises. Google is keen to emphasize AI Studio’s integration with Google’s Vertex AI developer platform, which makes AI Studio a kind of testing ground for those interested in exploring Google’s generative AI ecosystem without investing in its larger enterprise service. The company positions the service as an onramp to its broader ecosystem of AI services spanning Cloud, Firebase, Chrome DevTools, and beyond.
Vertex has been a hub for Google’s generative AI offerings this year. That includes the Vertex AI Search and Vertex AI Conversation app pipelines for search and conversational AI fueled by LLMs. Meanwhile, the new Duet generative AI assistant for Google Workspace apps provides natural language assistance to automate tasks, generate content, answer questions, and recommend actions based on Workspace usage and context.