Top 10 New Google Features Announced at I/O 2018

11 May, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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Since it acted as if it were human was there a responsibility to disclose it wasn't during the conversation? With LG's proprietary ThinQ AI users can immediately connect to external gaming consoles and soundbars ("Connect to soundbar"), they can switch picture mode ("Change to Cinema Mode") or turn the TV off at set times.

"Horrifying", Zeynep Tufekci, a professor and frequent tech company critic, wrote on Twitter about Duplex. Silicon Valley has for far too long taken a libertarian approach to the effects of its own creations - it lets them loose in the world and the effects are simply what they are.

As in previous years, the company unveiled a feature before it was ready.

One of the most important announcements that came on this year's developer's conference was definitely related to Google's mobile operating system Android P.

At the core of it, Duplex is a recurrent neural network that can be trained for highly specialised tasks and it uses Google's automatic speech recognition technology, so it can interface with the user. New features with this in mind can help users prevent overuse of technology. Huffman said he understands the concerns.

Also, it isn't just about the voice quality as it can pose the right questions, besides also putting in the right answers as well. "People will probably hang up", he said. So you could say "Okay Google, Good Night" and it would turn off the lights, play your bedtime playlist and do anything else you would want it to. More experiments are planned for this summer, he noted.

Singing star John Legend will lend his voice to the Google Assistant later this year, it was announced at Google's I/O 2018 developers' conference in Mountain View, California on May 8, 2018.

This feature is said to be rolling out in the coming weeks in the USA as an experiment to "normal users".

Germick did agree, however, that Google's aim was to make the assistant human enough to keep users engaged. The service is designed specifically to become more fine-tuned with the users' interest over the period.

In the demonstration, Google Duplex scheduled a hair cut and made a dinner reservation while sounding and acting as if it were a real human. And to make it easier for you to have conversations with others, wherever you are, Google Translate will soon be available on all headphones optimized for the Google Assistant. It can also change photos to PDF files, and automatically add color to black-and-white photos, or make part of a color photo black and white.

Duplex has been created to perform a limited range of very specific tasks. Many other enhancements were announced, such as the Action Notifications. After all, the very fact of fake news, information overload, and the dilution of trust in media has been in part enabled by Google itself - by its search algorithm, its autocomplete controversies, conspiracy theories on YouTube, and more. In other words, you won't have to worry about one device getting slower updates than the other.

The predicament didn't end with realistic robo-calling.

It's an admission by the makers of the world's most popular operating system that there are problems not only in how we use our phones, but the way in which apps and tech in general are created to induce compulsive behavior.

Eck said machine learning, a powerful form of AI, will be integrated into how humans communicate with each other.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on information from Google and reports from the Associated Press. Teachers used to worry about whether students used Wikipedia for their homework. It uses AI to suggest ways to finish sentences as they are written.

This could be a dystopian vision, but it doesn't have to be that way, the Google scientist concluded.


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