MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – On the first day of the Shoreline Amphitheater I / O conference, Google released its usual series of interesting and semi-interesting product and update announcements on May 8th.
But it really scared the crowd about 10 000 developers with these two: 1) a Google Assistant demonstration that does very human-like conversations in making typical hairstyle and restaurant reservations; and 2) the progress Google has made in packaging and delivering news.
We are only a short time away from allowing our autonomous cars to make traffic decisions as they transport us through the city; Now it looks like we're getting digital assistants to make table reservations for us ̵
Google Assistant, while still in development, will be able to make calls and make smart calls to users Just as an avatar does, there's nothing robotic or unnatural about it.
Google Assistant Plus Duplex AI is Impressive
CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated two phone calls from Google Assistant- the first to a hair salon, the second to a restaurant. The voices – the first a woman, the second a man – sounded amazingly natural; the people on the other end had no idea that they were talking to a digital assistant with artificial intelligence.
The assistant could actually think for himself; in fact, in this case, it was more effective than the human in the reservation scenario of the restaurant. The assistant was very clear and in a nice way, on what day and at what time he wanted to reserve a table for a group of four people. The restaurant staff constantly forgot the day, the number of people in the group, and whether the group should wait long at that time. It was a very human interaction, and the demo deserved both laughter and respect for the technology.
Pichai said that "this is the result of many years of working with natural language processing, machine learning, deep neural learning networks and other technologies."
Google will be testing duplexes this summer – the KI Engine in Assistant – to help users make the above hair and restaurant reservations. Once these use cases are satisfactorily completed, the team moves on to other tasks.
Pichai said Assistant and Duplex could elegantly handle interactions and respond intelligently, "even when a conversation becomes a misunderstanding or something unexpected." In its current test mode, Google said the feature can successfully complete most calls alone without the intervention of a person at the bottom of Google.
As you can imagine, there are still cases where it becomes confused and the task for a human
Read a blog post here on how Google wants to continue developing Duplex with Wizard.
How Google News Develops
"We recently launched Google News Initiative and hired $ 300 million over the next three years to work with organizations and journalists to develop innovative and programs that help the industry, "said Pichai. "Today more journalism is being produced than ever before, and it's also true that people turn to Google in times of need, and it's our responsibility to provide that information."
Google is now using AI to "make the most of it." what journalism has to offer, "Pichai said. "We want to give readers high quality sources that they can trust, but we also want to develop a product that works for publishers, and above all we want to make sure we give them a deeper insight and perspective on each topic
If users go to Google News now, they'll see the five most important news of the day – with the company's knowledge about you – that Google thinks you want to see. And Google knows a lot about its users, so it's likely to be pretty accurate most of the time.
"Google constantly scours through millions of articles, videos, podcasts, and websites that are published every minute, and puts together the key things you need to know," Google Distinguished Engineer Tristan Upstill (pictured) said during the keynote.
Google News also collects local news and events in the user's immediate environment. You do not have to tell the app anything about what you like to read, what your policy is or what sports team you follow; Google AI already knows that, and it all works automatically.
Of course it can be scary, but we should all have got used to this compromise of personal information for services right now. If you are not, then stick with it or go out: the choice is yours.
It may be invasive, but you can control it
Users can tell Google News at any time to view less or more of a publisher or topic. There are always checks.
If a user wants to see what stories the world reads, he or she can switch to Google Headlines to see general news, sports, and features from around the world. The app also brings YouTube videos along with everything else in real time.
Newscasts is another new feature that provides a preview of a story as it appears in a newspaper column so that users can read it better than a headline a sentence or two below it.
Google's full coverage view, which uses a technology called Temporal Colocality, is a literal look at the news of the day, much like physically opening a newspaper to its full width. He summarizes the people, places, things and actions in a story and presents them in real time.
"This is by far the strongest feature of the app," said Upstill, "and offers a whole new way to dig into the news."
Full Coverage presents a theme or story from many different viewpoints and media types; Users see standard news, videos, podcasts, Twitter tweets, static images, and more on a large layout designed for a laptop or desktop computer rather than a telephone.
For example, a full coverage look at the latest power outage in Puerto Rico showed stories of how it started, how it could have been prevented, when things actually got better, and so on.
Google I / O continues until May 10th.
Picture: Chris Premesberger