Google relaunches service to fight fake news

Sundar Pichai Google’s chief executive said the company was still developing the assistant technology

The new Google News app "uses the best of artificial intelligence to find the best of human intelligence - the great reporting done by journalists around the globe", the company writes.

In fact, you could be using your phone for other purposes while this call takes place in the "background".

Some people believe Google Duplex presents a deeper moral issue.

Google is working on technology it's calling Google Duplex that will use artificial intelligence to call businesses to make appointments and other tedious calls.

Can you identify which voice is the Duplex robot?

Nonetheless, everyone is excited about the new Google Duplex, with Engadget even saying that the Google AI Assistant may have beaten the Turing test.

The "smart compose" feature that was introduced Tuesday at Google's annual developers conference should be available to all users this month.


David Glance, director of the Centre for Software Practice at the University of Western Australia, said that while the technology was impressive, it would be a while before it could have a large impact on our everyday lives. Google didn't return a request for comment Wednesday on how it plans to seek the consent of people called by its bots. Google has also added Augmented Reality (AR) in Maps which will give you an interactive turn-by-turn experience when you are on the move.

For the past couple of years, I have hardly had to make calls to book anything in my hometown of Bangalore, India; I rely on apps and sites to get event tickets, book flights and hotels, order food and groceries, and to get my home plumbing fixed. And Google knows a lot about its users, so it's probably going to be pretty accurate most of the time.

Professor Michael Milford, chief investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, said transparency will be key. Say you make wireless chargers for example. There are not yet laws against triggering AI devices with hidden phrases, however, potentially enabling the practice to be exploited without straightforward legal consequences.

"The are taking a very human approach to technology, and convincing you people can continue to rely on Google", Blau said.

"These humans need to be aware how their data gets used and they need to offer explicit consent for the collection of the data and for the intended use of the data".

According to the report, the assistants can be made to dial phone numbers, launch websites, make purchases, and access smart home accessories - such as door locks - at the same time as human listeners are perceiving anything from completely different spoken text to recordings of music. The demo - which showed a voice assistant call a hair saloon and book an appointment on behalf of a customer - was nothing short of incredible, and it just goes to show how far ahead Google is in terms of voice-based AI assistants and conversational, natural language processing.

In case there are some of you guys out there feel that Google Assistant is lacking in terms of voice options, you might have heard that at Google I/O 2018, the company announced that their digital assistant will be getting six new voices.

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