The voices-the first a woman, the second a man-sounded astoundingly natural; the humans on the other end hadn't a clue they were talking to an artificial intelligence-powered digital helper. The AI-driven Assistant spoke in a very natural, human-sounding voice, interjecting an "uh" and a "hmm" here and there before replying to questions, with a ideal intonation that could barely be told apart from that of the person at the other end of the call.
Google Assistant, though still in development, is becoming capable of making phone calls and having intelligent conversations for users the way an avatar might do it, only there's nothing robotic or unnatural about how it works. It also functions as a Google Home speaker through and through - call it with "Hey, Google" and request whatever you would with your regular smart home speaker.
"It turns out that a big part of getting things done is making a phone call".
Google announced a slew of improvements and updates to Google Assistant at its I/O 2018 conference on Tuesday (May 8).
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"This is what people often do when they are gathering their thoughts", Google engineers Yaniv Leviathan and Yossi Matias said in a Duplex blog post. At its core, this technology lets us synthesize information and put it together in a way that helps you make sense of what's happening, and what the impact or reaction has been.
"We're still developing this technology, and we want to work hard to get this right", Pichai pointed out at the I/O conference. Say you make wireless chargers for example.
He said that if Duplex is launched through Google Assistant on Google devices, he would expect there to be little delay in its release in Australia.
Google photos cannot just restore our old black and white photos, but also convert them to colour images. Google Duplex is the highlight of the keynote that demonstrated how far the company has advanced its voice-based AI to make calls like a human.
Google shut down its news service in Spain after a court ordered the company to pay news organisations to use snippets of their stories on Google News. The new voices will be arriving later this year, and Google says their creation is a testament to the progress the company has made on the way to representing many more accents and dialects in the future. This was just about the day 1, still, 2 days and some major breakthroughs remain to be seen at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Using artificial intelligence, Google Assistant will soon be able to call and book a haircut appointment for you. Google also planned to add a "shush" mode to its Android mobile software, switching smartphones to a do-not-disturb mode when they are placed face down on a table. But it's also showcasing how its AI is being used by developers to improve health care, preserve the environment and make new scientific discoveries.