Google I/O 2018: Focus on Artificial Intelligence to make life simple
In its long list of updates, the important ones include usage of AI in composing emails, making lists, navigating city streets and lessening the digital distractions that have increasingly addled people’s lives as a result of previous tech industry innovations.
One update that gathered all the attention was the augmented reality feature on Google Maps that gives directions to the people walking with the help of an arrow or cartoon on a camera view showing the actual street in front of them.
Another major upgrade comes in Google Assistant, which can now talk to ordinary people and make basic things like booking an appointment, making reservations at the restaurants and more.
“Hi, I’m calling to book a hair appointment for a client,” said a realistic-sounding automated voice in a demo from the conference stage. The AI assistant deployed pauses and “ums” and “mmm-hmms” to sound more human in conversation with real people.
Google said it will roll out the technology, called Duplex, as an experiment in coming weeks. “We really want to work hard to get this right,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who kicked off the conference, known as Google I/O.