Google Duplex Could Reinvent The Mobile Communication?

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On stage at I/O, Google reminds us that the original voice for Assistant is called "Holly".

The Duplex demonstration was quickly followed by debate over whether people answering phones should be told when they are speaking to human-sounding software and how the technology might be abused in the form of more convincing "robocalls" by marketers or political campaigns.

In addition, Google Assistant became more user-friendly on smartphones. Duplex is slated to start rolling out this summer within Google Assistant, and make appointments and reservations or check business hours - tasks that sometimes require a phone call. There's actually a reason for this, as it can only carry out natural conversations after being deeply trained in a specific domain.

You can get your daily schedule by asking an Echo or Google Home, for example, about your appointments.

Another new feature related to Assistant is called Continued Conversation.

That being said, there are certain instances where it's necessary, or simply better, to hop on the phone instead of having Google Assistant do the talking: that one restaurant whose owner remembers your tolerance for heat, the passport office receptionist who switches between three different languages before connecting you to the right extension, that neighborhood chemist who always asks after your family.

While Wired Magazine predicted the technology will prove to be over hyped, there's little doubt Google's increased AI capability represents another step in big tech's AI arms race.

"With Mother's Day is that you should be spending time with your mom, or with the mothers that matter to you in your life, whether that's aunts or grandmas or in-laws", Lessin says. In another demo, it chatted with a restaurant employee to book a table.

The benefits for people with hearing difficulties are obvious, but it can also overcome language barriers: you might not know the local language, but Google Assistant does - so it can converse in a language you don't speak.

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For the goal of Google's Duplex demo, Google couldn't have informed the other party about what was going down. This will eventually learn what kind of news you prefer and display content pertaining to your preferences.

That's a very good question.

One of them was truly awesome, as it made Google Assistant into a real assistant, calling up for appointments and reservations on behalf of you, and physically talking to real people on the other end of the phone so you don't have to. In some cases, assistants can be instructed to take pictures or send text messages, receiving commands from up to 25 feet away through a building's open windows.

Google CEO touts major advancements in artificial intelligence.

"I see where this is going". He says supervision won't be needed once enough tweaks and improvements are made, adding that the end goal is to "get this right". At that time, the device will again go silent and the front of the device will dim to help users disconnect before bed.

But if it's possible to misuse this tech, someone will find a way to do it.

Now, in the wake of the Google move, the calls will get louder.

To better reflect Google's renewed focus on artificial intelligence, the company even announced it would bring all its AI related activities and research under a single umbrella that would be appropriately named as Google AI.

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