Google Gemini Demo Video Controversy

Debate Emerges Over Editing of Google DeepMind’s Gemini Demo Video.

Algen Khetran


The video showcasing the capabilities of Google Gemini, Ultra version, initially impressed the tech community with its apparent advancements in multimodal AI. However, controversy arose when it was revealed that the video was not a real-time demonstration but a meticulously edited presentation using still frames and text commands. This misleading portrayal has sparked criticism, echoing previous concerns about the authenticity of Google’s demonstrations, such as the Duplex case.

In response to the backlash, Google defended the video, asserting that the results were genuine but edited for brevity. Oriol Vinyals from Google DeepMind emphasized the intention to inspire developers by showcasing the potential of multimodal experiences with Gemini.

The incident underscores the importance of transparency in the field of AI. While demos are often optimized to highlight a technology’s potential, maintaining honesty about current capabilities is crucial to prevent misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations. The author advocates for transparent presentations, suggesting that a simple watermark indicating “video edited for brevity” could suffice. The overarching lesson is the necessity of an open and honest dialogue about the capabilities and limitations of AI systems to foster realistic expectations and drive innovations beneficial to humanity.

Originally published at on December 9, 2023.