Google on Tuesday kicked off its annual developers' conference in California where the company stressed on the importance of AI (artificial intelligence) and showcased how the company has been working to improve it.
For what it's worth, Google insiders told Business Insider that the company will likely tweak the final version of Google Duplex so people feel comfortable using it - and that would likely include communicating that it is, in fact, a machine talking on a person's behalf, but Google could also remove some of the "ahs" and "ums" that make some people feel uncomfortable.
Google will conduct early testing of Duplex-the AI engine inside Assistant-this summer specifically to help users make the type of hair and restaurant reservations noted above.
Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Google's Assistant were meant to be controlled by live human voices, but all three AI assistants are susceptible to hidden commands undetectable to the human ear, researchers in China and the United States have discovered.
Google pitched the enhanced assistant as a potential boon to busy people and small businesses which lack websites customers can use to make appointments.
There is plenty going on from Google this week as Google I/O continues through tomorrow.
Google even introduced a new feature called "Pretty Please". For example, an app called Dashboard will let users see how much they've used their phone, how many times they've picked it up, or how much they've used specific apps. TV shows and commercials have openly and deliberately triggered certain digital assistants using verbalized phrases, but hiding the phrases is the sonic equivalent of subliminal advertising. If the booking is successfully done, you then get a notification and a calendar entry, where you can check if the appointment was made correctly.
An ML-powered Google News will capture and analyse news stories as they're published over the web and organise them into storylines. There are always controls. According to the Google blog post, the new feature is only trained in streamlined conversation topics and can't carry out spontaneous and general conversation.
Unsure about the time, but we will certainly be able to play with these features in near future.
Newscasts is another new feature that offers a preview of a story as it appears in a newspaper column, so that users can scan it more thoroughly than a headline and sentence or two below it.
"This is by far the most powerful feature of the app", Upstill said, "and provides a whole new way to dig into the news".
The Google News Initiative aims to tackle this, and will soon allow people to subscribe to publishers with their Google account and "get access to your paid content everywhere - on all platforms and devices, on Google News, Google Search, and on publishers' own websites". See the Walmart site for more information. Tech giants are hoping that their product will become your "go to" assistant for all the things you need help with.