Google's Duplex Will Let Callers Know They Are Talking To A Bot

Google AI Demo Phones It In and Wows 'Em

Google AI Demo Phones It In and Wows 'Em

Google has said it wants to integrate the technology into as many of its products as possible so users can communicate with the products using voice commands and natural speech.

Google Assistant can also be a helpful tool for parents wanting to teach kids some manners. "For developers, we added support for Actions on Google to Wear OS and existing Actions will work on Wear OS out of the box". Natural voice interactions with computers until now were a far off sci-fi concept, experienced only in movies where people converse with AI systems such as HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Google also announced some additional Assitant features for the newly branded wearable operating system and this brings some form of little excitement around the product. What was remarkable and also eery, was that Google Assistant was able to pass itself off as human to the caller as it carried out the task. Now Wear OS is simply the revamp of Android Wear. We'll know more once Google begins rolling out Duplex to US users in the "coming weeks".

The second call was to a restaurant, and demonstrated how capable Google was at adjusting to unexpected situations in the phone call. 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.

The article asked, 'if we can trust Duplex to make our hairdresser appointments, can we also trust it to make an emergency call?'

Mr Pichai said Google hoped that rather than the "fear of missing out" (FOMO), the company wanted to help people discover the "joy of missing out" (JOMO).

The new set of features, which include six or more new voices, will see Google Assistant get the ability to have human-like conversations and even make appointments on a user's behalf. If it's announcing at the beginning of the call that it's a bot, would businesses be more likely just to hang up on it?

Google had originally said in a blog post written by engineers Yaniv Leviathan and Yossi Matias that "it's important to us that users and businesses have a good experience with this service and transparency is a key part of that". For Google, this type of deception crosses an ethical line that the technology company is not prepared to take.

You can start trying some of these latest developments today in the Google Assistant app for Android and iOS.

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