New Google News app uses AI/ML in real

Muriel Hammond
May 11, 2018

It was created 15 years ago simply to organize news articles so users could see a wide variety of sources on a topic and hasn't really seen a major upgrade since.

At I/O, Google announced that Lens will now be available directly in the camera app on supported devices from LG, Motorola, among others. It has already started rolling out starting today and "will be available to everyone on Android, iOS and the web in 127 countries by next week". It's a new technology that allows the Assistant to "understand complex sentences, fast speech, and long remarks, so it can respond naturally in a phone conversation" according to Google Assistant's VP for Engineering Scott Huffman. Without the Skill, Alexa doesn't know how to turn your heat up or down.

Its worth noting that the new voices only work with English at the moment.

You can have food using Google's latest food pick-up and delivery feature.

"These machines could call on behalf of political parties and make ever more convincing recommendations for voting", Firth-Butterfield reasoned.

"Well", Legend replied online, "the Google Assistant doesn't do everything". That includes personal information, like appointments and interestes, along with information queries such as weather reports, sports statistics, and movie times.

The three buttons at the bottom of the operating system will be replaced by a single home button making the Google version of Android simpler. The South Korean electronics major had announced its plan to enable Google Assistant on TVs at CES early this year, and is finally delivering the experience this month.


Tell the Google Assistant to book a table for four at 6:00 pm, it tends to the phone call in a human-sounding voice complete with "ums" and "likes", and sends you a message with the details. Will you be using it to book yourself an appointment or reservation once that functionality is rolled out? That's amazingly powerful, and concerning at the same time.

With Google Duplex the tech giant has, apparently, captured the essence of real AI. During the keynote, Pichai showed an example how the digital assistant can actually make a haircut appointment with a time slot and day given to Google initially. While Rincon didn't address this question directly, a quick look at a Google's blog post on Duplex suggests that businesses would in some way have to be "supported by Duplex", which means the person who answers the call would be aware that calls coming in might not always be from humans.

Google has integrated augmented reality in maps.

Siri with HomeKit offers the tightest integration between smart home devices-a big plus if you're trying to automate your home.

Thanks to advances in its artificial intelligence, there will be six new voices for Google Assistant, and recording artist John Legend will also be one of them.

Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence tool capable of handling routine tasks - such as making restaurant bookings - as a way to help people disconnect from their smartphone screens.

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