Google Duplex makes its Assistant more human

11 May, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Google's new feature for Assistant is both stunning and creepy

"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.

Two days into Google I/O 2018, the annual developer conference, Google has made some important announcements.

Follow along as we summarize the 8 important announcements that you, being a techie, can not afford to miss. One of Google's products is getting some pretty interesting features thanks to Google's WaveNet conversational AI project in Google Assistant. Although we have covered this niche in detail, here is a brief recap. Machine learning is extensively being used to learn from user behavior and drive the smartphone processes. In a later version, Google Maps will help users find the correct direction to walk toward with an AR-generated arrow floating in a real-world environment.

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Scott Huffman, an executive on Google's Assistant team, said the response to Duplex was mixed. Based on what we're seeing, however, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are putting Apple's Siri in a serious catch up position.

During the presentation, Sundar Pichai, the Google's chief, played a recording of the digital assistant's voice while it was freely calling a restaurant and a hairstylist to make a couple of reservations. The advanced AI technology will allow the Google Assistant to make extremely realistic-sounding calls to people.

"Google Duplex is the most incredible, terrifying thing out of #IO18 so far", tweeted Chris Messina, a product designer whose resume includes Google and bringing the idea of the hashtag to Twitter.

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Google has announced a lot of great updates this week during their I/O 2018. These smart displays will start shipping to the end users as soon as this July. It was further mentioned that Google wants to be clear with the intent of the call, so businesses should understand the objective. We have many signals to do that, we surface results to people, to help them determine which article is good, which article is not good. The users will be able to coordinate with their friends from within the application's interface to choose among a variety of places. Gmail users can select "try the new Gmail" in options at some point in the next several weeks and try it out.

Google's AI smarts have outsmarted all other players in the realm, exhibiting jaw-dropping capabilities. We think that when you look at a story, it is important to highlight the difference between a news story and an opinion. This feature is developed with an aim to make users more present in the meetings and times were checking the phone isn't the best thing to do. This time Google is revamping nearly everything.

Personal voice assistants are clearly disrupting the technology ecosystem and Google Duplex can change the paradigm of mobile communication. Not only that, but it would have conversations - so if you wanted a table for around 7:30 but there wasn't one, it could ask what times were available and decide whether those times fit your criteria.

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From a tech perspective, Google Duplex uses a recurrent neural network (RNN) built using TensorFlow Extended (TFX). That makes it possible for the Assistant to talk to people in real-time and understands the intent, and will effectively turn the Google Assistant into a real Assistant, albeit a digital one. For those who are excited for it, then you'll be pleased to learn that the new voices are live. Our systems automatically detect a breaking news and we the shift the algorithms more towards authoritativeness.

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