Google Maps now gets Google Assistant

Google Duplex: Understanding the Core Technology Behind Assistant's Phone Calls

The robotic assistant uses a very natural speech pattern, even adding in the odd "er" and "mmm-hmm" so it's extremely hard to tell the difference from an actual human phone call. The Google Assistant will get six new voices to choose from, including John Legend, an American singer-songwriter.

The other product that's getting a touch of AI and ML is Google News, which has been completely redesigned from scratch.

Currently, Google Assistant allows users to pick between one female (the default) and one male voice. If an app launches in a standard portrait-oriented smartphone window, you can see more information displayed as you stretch the app's window, Google demonstrated in a talk at I/O.

Google Assistant was super impressive at the I/O keynote address.

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This week, Google told us that Android P will also bring new gestures to Android that are just like the gestures Apple introduced on the iPhoneX, insisting in the process that it hadn't copied the iPhone X. But it turns out Google has an even more preposterous excuse for doing it. This new feature will allow the user to make appointments and bookings directly from the Assistant. Enhanced with artificial intelligence and Duplex technology, the new Google assistant converses so naturally that it seems as if a real person is talking.

There was also an announcement about Google's cloud-based photo service Google Photos. Thanks to WaveNet, an AI-based generative program that's part of Google's DeepMind division, Duplex can sound a lot closer to a human than ever before, complete with "umms" and "aahs", as seen in the video above.

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