In general I don't tend to blog about stuff that isn't quite out yet, but as I've got early access (and permission to share), and as it's pretty darn cool, I thought I'd share. Plus, some of the new stuff is available to everyone, so you can try it out as well! Today, Google introduced its newest language model, Gemini 1.5. You can, and probably should, read the marketing/nicely polished intro by Google here, but I thought I'd share some highlights and examples here. I've had access to this for a grand total of four hours so please consider this my first initial impressions. As the title says, this is not yet released, but you can sign up for the waitlist now. Also, right now this is AI Studio only and not available via API.
So far most of my playing with Generative AI has been on the prompt side, with no real look at the various settings you can tweak in your calls. As I'm still very new to this, I'm trying my best to take things slowly. But every time I open Google AI Studio and see the settings on the right, I keep nagging myself to take a deeper look.
Next week I'll be hosting my second episode of the
<Code><Br> show, "Shall we play a game?" In this session I'm going to talk about, and build, a simple web-based game. An hour is not a lot of time to do this so it will be a bit of a race, but I think this could be really fun. Check it out next Tuesday at 12PM CST.
Let me begin by saying that "Promise Collection Methods" is not something I've seen mentioned elsewhere, but is my own way of referring to the various methods of the Promise API that work with multiple promises. They are:
Happy Super Bowl Day for those who celebrate, oh wait, sorry, I mean "The Big Game". I'm looking forward to both the game and the commercials this year, and I managed to avoid every single commercial preview so they should all be new to me. This week was incredibly hard at work (with the caveat that I sit on my rear, in a home office, and I'm very lucky), but difficult in that way like when you exercise and muscles you haven't used in a while hurt. I complained to my wife more than once, but also recognized I was improving some skills that needed it.
Social media has always been... addicting and kinda gross/dangerous/etc, but lately, I'm not even sure what to think anymore. As I mentioned in my first episode of
<Code><Br>, I segregate all of my social media to the Firefox browser so it doesn't get in the way of my regular, work/research/etc browsing. I currently have tabs open for Threads, Bluesky, Mastodon, and, yeah, Twitter still.
Just a quick note to share that today I did my first episode of the
<Code><Br> show. I had a great audience with some great questions and comments. My next show will be in two weeks and I hope to see you there!