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Google Unveils AI-First NotebookLM Powered by Gemini Pro

Google NotebookLM

In a significant development, Google has officially launched NotebookLM, an AI-driven notebook powered by Gemini Pro, marking the end of its waitlist. Originally showcased as Project Tailwind at I/O 2023 in May, NotebookLM is set to reshape the landscape of AI-based note-taking applications.

Google has engaged with knowledge workers, creators, students, and educators to refine NotebookLM’s functionalities since its early access debut in July. The app garnered praise for its auto-generated summaries and suggested follow-up questions, providing users with a novel approach to understanding complex texts and establishing connections between multiple documents.

Gemini Pro, known for document understanding and reasoning, takes center stage in powering NotebookLM. Complemented by models like PaLM 2, Google ensures a seamless and effective user experience. With the official launch, NotebookLM will introduce a dozen new features over the next few weeks.

A standout feature is the introduction of the “Noteboard,” featuring a card-based grid UI above the chat box. This enables users to save NotebookLM responses, source excerpts, and personal notes. Users can select multiple notes, prompting NotebookLM to offer summarizations, create outlines, and study guides, or even transform notes into various formats, such as emails or script outlines. Dynamic suggestions tailored to user actions further enhance the note-taking experience.

NotebookLM now allows users to chat specifically with selected information sets by choosing sources from the sidebar. Additionally, Google has increased the per-source notebook limit to 100. Usability updates include the ability to hide sources and swift transitions from citation to source. These updates will be progressively rolled out following the Gemini Pro launch.

Google’s NotebookLM, now powered by Gemini Pro, emerges as a transformative tool for users seeking an advanced and user-friendly AI note-taking experience. The integration of innovative features and the utilization of cutting-edge models position NotebookLM as a frontrunner in the evolving landscape of AI-powered productivity tools. As Google continues to push the boundaries of AI applications, NotebookLM stands as a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and user-centric technology.

For now, it looks like it’s only available to users in the US. If you are in the US and would like to check it out, you can try it here.

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