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Google Rolls Out NotebookLM Globally, Adds New AI Capabilities

Google's NotebookLM is powered by Gemini 1.5 Pro but has previously been limited to select regions. It is now launching globally.

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has globally launched its AI-powered document management tool, NotebookLM. Initially exclusive to the U.S., this tool leverages the Gemini 1.5 Pro model to help users better manage their documents.

NotebookLM AI accepts various input formats, such as files, PDFs, text documents, web URLs, and copied text. The AI processes this data, allowing users to ask questions and receive answers based on the provided documents. This system aims to minimize inaccuracies though it cannot completely eliminate them.

New Enhancements and Functions

The worldwide rollout introduces multiple new capabilities. These include support for Google Slides, in-text citations linking to specific document passages, and a Notebook Guide feature that converts content into FAQs, briefing documents, or study materials. Additionally, the Gemini 1.5 Pro's multimodal functions allow for the uploading of images, charts, and diagrams, which the AI can analyze and provide citations for where applicable.

Google has showcased several ways NotebookLM can be used, particularly in research and writing contexts. It was developed with input from writers, students, and educators. High-profile users like author Walter Isaacson have employed NotebookLM to examine historical documents for upcoming publications. Researchers in documentary and podcast fields have also praised its ability to simplify the process of going through large archives to generate scripts or story ideas.

Global Availability and Language Options

The tool is now available in over 200 countries, including major regions like Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, and the U.K. The platform supports 108 interface languages, such as Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, and Chinese. There are also 38 supported languages for sources and chat, including Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese (both simplified and traditional).

Google reassures users that any data uploaded into NotebookLM will not be used to train its algorithms, addressing concerns about privacy particularly for those managing work or educational documents.

From Project Tailwind to Today

Launched as Project Tailwind at Google I/O 2023, NotebookLM became available to a select group of users in June of that year. Unlike traditional AI , it generates summaries and answers questions specifically based on user-provided content like notes, documents, and transcripts. Early adopters in the U.S. had requested compatibility with note-taking apps like Evernote and Google Keep, but Google has prioritized perfecting the core features of the product before considering additional integrations.

During Google I/O 2024, the company unveiled an early version of Audio Overviews for NotebookLM, which uses the Gemini model to produce podcast-like discussions from uploaded materials. The current Gemini 1.5 Pro model supports up to 50 sources per notebook, with a maximum of 500,000 words per source.

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