Takeaways from Google I/O 2018

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Takeaways from Google I/O 2018

Google Assistant making calls pretending to be human not only without disclosing that it's a bot, but adding "ummm" and "aaah" to deceive the human on the other end with the room cheering it. horrifying.

With the Google Duplex demo on-stage at I/O, it was quite apparent that the calls shown were of the highest quality.

Earlier this week, Google unveiled demos of new AI services that had the web abuzz, including Duplex, which would allow users to outsource the drudgery of booking appointments with businesses by phone to a virtual personal assistant.

Abbass pointed out that unlike Siri, Alexa and other AI assistants, Duplex speaks like a convincing human. For example, you can create a Custom Routine for family dinner, and kick it off by saying "Hey Google, dinner's ready" and the Assistant can turn on your favorite music, turn off the TV, and broadcast "dinner time!" to everyone in the house.

Google has become the leaders for Artificial Intelligence, it nearly seems like you can not use a Google device and not have the help of an assistant, which in some cases is excellent but also worries people about privacy. From there, open up the preferences page and select 'Assistant voice'.

With native integration, the user will just have to say the command,"Hey Google, preheat the oven to 350 degrees".

An update to Google News was also confirmed, with a re-designed feed and wider range of sources being included within the app. "It's able to give you information quickly and anchor it to the things you see".

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While Google Assistant will soon make calls on behalf of users in the U.S., its capabilities will be limited to just three tasks: booking a restaurant, a hair salon appointment and checking closing/holiday hours for a business.

"We will need to be considerate about how we've got this interaction while we are experimenting with it", Matias said. Just provide the date and time, and your Assistant will call the business to coordinate for you.

The demonstration, at this week's Google I/O developers' conference in Silicon Valley, wowed the typically jaded crowd because the person on the receiving end of the call had no clue they were conversing with an A.I.

"In the video, AI Duplex said it is calling on behalf of a client". We want to be clear about the intent of the call so businesses understand the context.

"The key point here is that it should identify itself", Professor Abbass says.

Waymo has been testing out the technology on public roads in the metropolitan area through it's "early riders" program - but soon, anyone will be able to download the app and hail a ride.

The company rolled out the first developer preview in March, which introduced features like SDK restrictions, dark mode and others.

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