Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

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

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

A new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out "real world" tasks over the phone. You can test out the 8 different voices there and choose the one you like.

Now Google Lens is getting some major updates, arriving in the cameras of many major smartphones and new features like "Smart Text Selection" and "Style Match".

Assistant features for families-powered by Family Link-provides free family-friendly games, activities, and stories from content partners like Disney.

For instance, Samsung users won't have access to an early "beta" version of Android P. Samsung's camera app also won't get a built-in Lens feature that lets Google offer information after taking a photo of a building or sign.

Google says Lookout is created to keep users engaged with what's going on without bombarding them with information. A lot of things could still change until the Google Duplex launch, so we will just have to wait and see how Google reacts to the controversy. 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.

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After a public demonstration of its latest experiment in bots garnered disturbed reactions, Google says the AI will identify itself to call recipients as a non-human.

Other areas where Google is using AI to improve its services include Google News. The first Smart Displays will be available for purchase starting in July.

Google pitched the enhanced assistant as a potential boon to busy people and small businesses which lack websites customers can use to make appointments. Furthermore, it is programmed to comprehend where to respond quickly and where to give a pause. Aside from the astonishing, albeit creepy, phone-exchange demo, Google didn't offer much detail. This will bring a new future of wearables. How are you supposed to react when you receive a call from Siri?

Of the new voices, I have been enjoying voice number seven, but all of the new options sound slightly less robotic than Google Assistants default voice. The AI will only work in what the company calls "closed domains"; that is limited contexts such as making an appointment, booking a restaurant or finding out a business's opening hours. For more complicated voice calls on behalf of humans, more training and machine learning will have to be imparted Google Assistant. "If a human asks the assistance to make an inappropriate call, AI Duplex should say "no", he adds. Based on a Google blog post, we know Duplex isn't an A.I. chatterbox capable of open-ended conversations.

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