Google revealed at its annual I/O developer conference this week that it's bringing its Android Things IoT operating system (OS) out of the beta testing phase, allowing all developers to use it for the first time, Engadget reports. According to reports from Android Police, the functionality has already started to roll out. Although I have to be honest and confess that I chose to keep the old default setting after listening to all the new voices, I must also admit that Google is heading in the right direction with these changes. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
In an effort to ease some of those worries about ethics and morality, Google says that it will have Duplex identify itself. It will teach the battery to adapt to how you use apps in order to conserve energy. If the booking is successfully done, you then get a notification and a calendar entry, where you can check if the appointment was made correctly.
Getting a machine to mimic a human is no easy feat, which is why Duplex will mostly be used for very specific tasks that have the lowest chance of things going wrong.
That's it! Now your voice should be different on both your phone and your Google Home series. Google makes it very clear in a blog post that it can not carry out general conversations. Google did say it's a work in progress though, so it'll be a while before it comes to market. This means there would be some factor of human intervention in the process, should things not go as planned. The demo showcased how the AI could speak in a near human-like manner complete with the odd "mm-hmm" and pauses that could easily trick the person on the other end of the phone into believing they were talking to a real person.
Google even introduced a new feature called "Pretty Please". Other areas of concern would be, can someone misuse it to make random reservations or appointments? "Our core mission is to make information more useful, accessible and beneficial to all of society".
Augmented reality is also being added to Google Maps.
The rub, per usual with the Googleplex, is when can we reasonably expect to see this new marvel of A.I. technology.