Google promises human-fooling AI 'will warn people that it is fake'

Remember that Jordan Peele/Barack Obama video from last month where Peele made the point that we can't possibly comprehend the ways technology can fabricate false realities?

According to a YouGov survey published in April, it was revealed that Google Home holds 7% of the United Kingdom smart speaker market (plus 9% for the Google Home Mini) compared to Amazon Echo's (combined) 75%. During the presentation, Duplex was made to sound more human by using "ums' and "mmm-hmms" during the conversation where it was highly likely that the person on the other end of the call was not aware that she was talking to a robot".

In a statement, a Google spokesperson said "transparency" is a key part of the technology and: "We are designing this feature with disclosure built-in, and we'll make sure the system is appropriately identified".

What about Security and Data Collection?

With Google Duplex, businesses can operate as they always have; and people can easily book with them through the Google Assistant.

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Nowadays there are a lot of concerns about the privacy online. And Google has revealed that it aims to have Google Assistant in operation in 80 countries by the end of the year. There is also a feature that the company explains will help teach "good manners".

Google's hope with Duplex is that it will enable a range of interactions with businesses that only have a phone connection, where this was previously limited to those with more hi-tech set-ups.

The most headline-grabbing announcement was probably the revelation that singer and actor John Legend would lend his voice to Google's AI assistant platform later this year. There are now a total of 8 voices to choose from, so each family member is able to select their preferred voice, even on shared devices.

Aside from the talk of digital wellbeing, the rest of the opening keynote at Google I/O focused on feature improvements to its biggest and most profitable products. Android P will include smarter app search results, offering suggestions for things you can do within apps, rather than just showing icons of installed apps. You'll be able to send text messages, play music and podcasts, and get information without leaving the navigation screen.

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Google will also begin transitioning to a gesture-based control scheme, which could be a more flexible way to control the operating system.

Google revealed new details about Android P, which is the successor to its Android O, or Oreo, software that now runs on billions of smartphones. Now Wear OS is simply the revamp of Android Wear.

From there, users can create a shortlist of their favorite destinations that they can share with their friends.

When the time limit is reached, you're notified by a pop-up message that can't be ignored.

We should all strive to use our phone a bit less.

Adding to its trysts with machine learning, Google announced its third generation of silicon, the Tensor Processor Unit 3.0, at I/O 2018.

Wear OS, which is Google's another attempt to make wearable devices make sense, is a re-branded Android Wear but well until now, details about it were scarce.

The best example of this is the "Dashboard", which actually quantifies exactly how much time you spend in each app, how many times you unlock your phone and how many notifications you receive.

  • Toni Ryan