Google might have just made Google Duplex less creepy

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At the Google I/O Conference, the Google chief Sunder Pichai introduces this software and told the audience that it can make appointments for them.

Earlier this week, Google unveiled demos of new AI services that had the web abuzz, including Duplex, which would allow users to outsource the drudgery of booking appointments with businesses by phone to a virtual personal assistant.

It uses machine learning and AI to help identify objects and answer questions just by using the smartphone's camera. Unlike the robotic voices we've grown used to over the years-Siri, Cortana, and even Google's Assistant-the Duplex AI was surprisingly convincing, using words like "um" and expertly changing the inflection of its voice. What Google didn't say was whether the human on the other end would know it was talking to a bot. In a statement to the Verge, Google stated that they are "designing this feature with disclosure built-in, and we'll make sure the system is appropriately identified". Imagine scammers, political robot calls, con artists using this technology for less than honorable intentions.

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Nowadays there are a lot of concerns about the privacy online.

It has to be added here that at the current level of development of this technology, Duplex can only handle simple tasks like making reservations and appointments.

Google Assistant can also be a helpful tool for parents wanting to teach kids some manners. Google has rolled out more smart home upgrades for nine new device types to work natively with Google Assistant at I/O 2018. In both calls, the computerized voices occasionally dropped some "umms" and "mm-hmms" in the script to appear more life-like.

Also announced at the I/O Developer Conference was the Android P update.

Plenty of new features are on the way with Android P, including "Digital Wellness" tools to limit screen time, iPhone X-like gesture controls and sophisticated AI to extend your phone's battery life.

In an interview on Wednesday, Huffman suggested the machine could say something like, "I'm the Google assistant and I'm calling for a client". You'll be able to send text messages, play music and podcasts, and get information without leaving the navigation screen. Now Wear OS is simply the revamp of Android Wear. App Actions are able to predict certain actions users may want to take when accessing various apps, based on a range of different contextual signals.

As of now, LG's ThinQ AI enabled TVs will be able to work with other Google Assistant devices in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and Google is expected to announce further markets expansion later this year.

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