Google’s Gemini isn’t the generative AI model we expected

Google’s long-promised, next-gen generative AI model, Gemini, has arrived. Sort of.
The version of Gemini launching this week, Gemini Pro, is essentially a lightweight offshoot of a more powerful, capable Gemini model set to arrive… sometime next year. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Yesterday in a virtual press briefing, members of the Google DeepMind team — the driving force behind Gemini, alongside Google Research — gave a high-level overview of Gemini (technically “Gemini 1.0”) and its capabilities.
Gemini, as it turns out, is actually a family of AI models — not just one. It comes in three flavors:

Gemini Ultra, the …