Patent published on October 12, 2023

Google's New Patent Could Make Search More Conversational

The ever-growing online world has created complexities in the way we communicate and search for information on the internet. It has given rise to the need for more efficient search mechanisms that understand and respond to various tasks more effectively. Enter Google's recently patented technology with the patent number US20230325725A1, aiming to redefine how we interact with search engines.

Presently, the problem lies in the fact that the existing systems require a great amount of computational resources and expertise in parallel computing, making them difficult for many people to use. Transfer learning, which allows for the transfer of knowledge from one task to another, creates different versions of the large pre-trained models for each task. This creates drawbacks in terms of storage and performance. Furthermore, model tuning, a process by which all model weights are adjusted, becomes difficult as models become larger. As a result, these issues come at the expense of task performance and resource utilization.

Google's solution? A new patent named "Parameter Efficient Prompt Tuning for Efficient Models at Scale". This invention is essentially a smart computer program that learns to understand human language better by practicing with certain tasks. It stands out in the way that it can learn new tasks without forgetting what it previously learned, adding to its efficiency and effectiveness.

The world post this solution could be a significantly more convenient one for internet users. The new patent's major advantage is that it brings higher efficiency to conditioning frozen models using tunable soft prompts. These soft prompts, unlike current models, do not require manual design. They have the capacity to condense information from datasets containing thousands or millions of examples, making them more resource and time effective. They also allow for shared resources across multiple tasks, reducing the computational overhead and improving environmental impact.

As an example, consider this scenario. You're researching for an essay. When you type your question into Google, the search engine, powered by this new patent technology, provides you with accurate and relevant information without consuming vast amounts of computational resources. The technology reduces the complexity behind searches, making the process quicker and more intuitive.

However, before we celebrate, it's worth noting that a patent does not guarantee the technology will hit the market anytime soon. It remains to be seen if, and when, Google will decide to implement this system and how effective it will prove to be in real-world conditions. But, with the rate at which technology is advancing, this could be something that we see in the not-so-distant future.

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