Google's AI can now make eerily human-like phone calls for you

Screenshot of the quick settings panel in Android P

Google's AI can now make eerily human-like phone calls for you

Google unveiled "Duplex" at its I/O developer conference.

Numerous updates have a practical bent, created to ease tasks such as 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. Here's how to enable them! The concept should sound familiar: Android will attempt to offer you suggestions on what to do next with your phone.

Google is working on some nifty new features for Google Maps, including a short list of your favorite places, the possibility of a "virtual positioning system" and more. Support for multiple commands - dubbed Multiple Actions by Google - is also rolling out and will allow users to ask their assistant to, for example, turn on the bedroom lights and turn off the TV with a single phrase.

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Duplex AI: "Hi. I'm calling to book a women's haircut for a client". The AI assistant deployed pauses and "ums" and "mmm-hmms" to sound more human in conversation with real people.

To encourage children to maintain manners when using Google Assistant, the AI will also now compliment those who say "please" when making a request.

Google will now include augmented reality to help guide users.

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There will be plenty of discussion regarding artificial intelligence and machine learning. You can accept the completion by hitting the tab key.

For instance, the Dashboard shows how much time you are spending on apps and how many times you've unlocked your phone. That's actually a pretty smart thing on Google's part, as there will be people looking to hack this so that it can be changed. "We'll be experimenting with the right approach over the coming months". It does this using a frighteningly convincing voice, realistic enough so people on the other end have no idea who (or what) they are speaking to. The new "Do Not Disturb" mode silences not just phone calls and notifications, but also all the visual interruptions that pop-up on the screen and is activated automatically when the phone is turned over on the table.

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Android P is only available in beta mode for now, with eligible devices including the Google Pixel, as well as some Sony, Xiaomi, Nokia, Oppo and Vivo phones. However, it will reduce the power consumption by saving the battery from the drainage.

In addition, the company introduced the Android App Bundle, a new publishing format with a smaller app size and optimized for the wide variety of Android devices and form factors available.

What do you think of these new Google features? Skipping the conventional navigation buttons, the new Android P will focus on gestures to move around in the new UI. Apple has promised features to reduce phone and device addiction in kids. Google has an ecosystem of products, including the Android operating system. The usual bargain that app developers make is that users can test out cool new features in advance, and developers get a lot of useful feedback in return - feedback they can use to squash bugs and add some spit and polish for the full, non-beta release.

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