Google is no longer a search engine only. With the release of Google Assist, It’s now foremost an artificial intelligence engine which intends to become an extension of your very self.
That might sound alarmist or far-fetched—but you will agree if you have watched Google I/O 2018, the company’s annual developer conference. The Google I/O – brings together developers from around the globe annually for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at the latest Google’s developer products.
The big takeaway from the conference is that the Google Assistant—think Alexa, but smarter—has displaced Google search as the company’s central product.
Its scary-ambitious goal: The attempt to blur the line between human and machine to the point where they become literally indistinguishable.
Google – a part of your extended mind
The company isn’t trying to turn you into a cyborg not in physical respect. After Google Glass, the augmented-reality glasses that flopped when they were widely deemed dorky and “douchey.” Rather, Google is now beckoning you to accept its software as a part of your extended mind, in all kinds of new ways. It promises to think for you, speak for you, and carry out actions in the real world on your behalf.
Artificial Intelligence (AI ) is What Lies Beneath
The highlight of the conference was an astonishing demo in which the Google Assistant placed a call to a hairdresser, carried on a humanlike conversation with the receptionist, it navigated multiple scheduling conflicts and booked an appointment for 10 a.m. on Wednesday. One can go through the whole interaction, and read more about the technology behind in this post on Google’s A.I. blog.
The Trending Features
That new feature that humanizes Assistant’s speech with all-too-real tics is called Duplex. It will launch this summer as a small experiment, available to a limited number of Assistant users, which is similar to the now-defunct Facebook M.
Facebook M, the text-based virtual assistant that used human workers to train an artificial intelligence system, is ending the human-assisted part of the service after two and a half years. The human-enhanced version of M, which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger, only ever became available to about 2,000 people living in California. The final day of the M virtual assistant will be January 19th, Facebook said, and contractors who worked on it will be offered other jobs at the company.
Its the Google’s full-scale thrust into artificially intelligent agents.The product’s debut came after Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new Gmail feature called “smart compose.” Building on the “smart reply” function pioneered in Google’s Inbox mobile app, Gmail will now help you write full emails from scratch. It will predict what you might want to type.
“smart reply”—which suggests brief email responses such as “I’ll be there” and “Looking forward to it”—has proved hugely popular with power users, accounting for 12 percent of all replies in Inbox. Now, with “smart compose,” more and more emails will be software-generated, and it’s easy to imagine a time in the near future when you can’t tell if you’re holding a conversation with your friend or with Google. Maybe you won’t care, because Google is handling your side of the conversation too.
Get the entire White Paper on Google Smart Response and how to use them here :
When it’s not posing as you in interactions with others, Google Assistant will be working to interact with you in ever more “natural” and human ways.
Perhaps the Assistant update that’s most noteworthy is more humanly conversation. Till Google has always required you to say “hey Google” again before each new request or command. It’s an obvious reminder that you’re talking to a computer and not a person.
Now, however, Google Assistant will keep listening for eight seconds after it answers you, inviting follow-up questions that don’t require you to say “hey Google” again. If the new Assistant works as advertised, that capability will go a long way toward making it more humanoid. Google Assistant has the ability to parse and respond to multiple questions, like “What time is the Warriors game, and who are they playing?”
The company hired six new voices for Assistant, and as a stunt, it even hired John Legend to do one. (The John Legend voice will be available “in certain contexts,” Google hinted, and showed a video of Legend reading someone their daily briefing.) It displayed the new feature called “pretty please” that will encourage your kids to address their Google Home or Android device politely. Critics were quick to read this as “Google trying to teach your kid manners,”…On the other hand, kids verbally abusing virtual assistants is a real complaint of many parents.
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How you treat your digital assistant says a lot about you.
Is Google simply trying to automate the basic capabilities of a human personal assistant, as the name Google Assistant?
Building machines that can pass for as human now seems to be one of Google’s explicit goals. One has to understand here that, there are real differences between granting intimate access to your life to a person you trust and granting the same access to one of the most powerful corporations the world has ever seen. If a human assistant started using your personal data to sell advertisers access to your time in unguarded moments, you’d probably fire them.
Just because Google wants us to accept its Assistant as an integral part of us doesn’t mean it will happen. Maybe Duplex, smart compose, and the rest will catch on with early adopters and then falter, like Glass before them. Maybe people won’t sacrifice their privacy and the humanity of their basic interactions at the altar of time-saving and convenience. But the history of Google says they will—provided only that it really works.