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Google Duplex sounds human when it, um, calls to book appointments

12 May 2018

And Google has revealed that it aims to have Google Assistant in operation in 80 countries by the end of the year. It (she?) even adds "um" and pauses to sound even more natural.

Language is incredibly complex-people ask about something as simple as the weather in over 10,000 ways (our favorite: "Will it be cats and dogs today?").

"We want the Assistant to be something that is natural and comfortable to talk to, and to do that we need to start with the foundation of the Google Assistant - the voice", said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google Photos is also getting a variety of useful tools, like suggested actions that give you the option to brighten, share rotate or archive a photo. The Assistant will be able to understand when you're talking to it versus someone else, and will respond accordingly.

Those features are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Now the bot successfully completes most conversations and tasks independently. Already Google has said that it can connect with more than 5,000 devices for your home. Google News will now be the only app for news from the company, and integrates the company's earlier Newsstand app as well.

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"A auto assistance could call the ambulance in case of an emergency like an accident, and in this case, it is a life-saving technology".

Google plans to run a small testing programme this summer, the newspaper says.

According to Google, Duplex is still under heavy development and will not be made available for public use just yet. Some believe that it was a sign that companies are developing AI technologies without proper regulation or oversight, with Google Duplex serving as proof that AI is now smart enough to trick humans. If google's Assistant integration tries to integrate into the company, then we can expect that Google may have the upper hand in Wear OS models. He noted that Google Cloud is a $1 billion-a-quarter business. This will bring a new future of wearables. A lot of these features, unsurprisingly, revolve around the Google Assistant.

"In the domain of making appointments, it passes the Turing test", Hennessy said at an I/O meeting. And a "wind down" mode will fade the screen to grey at a designated time to help you disconnect before bed.

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An artificial intelligence expert from the University of New South Wales has highlighted an ethical concern around Google Duplex, arguing that the AI technology should introduce itself as a robot.

In the call, Duplex tells the employee answering the phone at the salon that it intends to book a woman's haircut for a client at 12pm. And many people simply don't reserve with businesses that don't take online bookings.

AI calling: Google now says that Duplex calls will let the person on the other end know that, despite its realistic sound, it's actually an AI agent. Duplex can "make reservations, schedule appointments, and get holiday hours from businesses".

Assistant now plays a vital role in Google ecosystem for some years, and it is continually growing. The tech giant also launching the Google Assistant in Spanish for Android Oreo (Go edition) phones soon.

Google's latest version of its Android phone software, for now known as Android P, will offer other smart features.

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Google Duplex sounds human when it, um, calls to book appointments