Published on : May 09, 2018
Google reported multiple announcements discussing to the future of its Assistant, including new voices, a feature to teach kids good manners, the ability to continue conversations, and Assistant being able to make phone calls on a user’s behalf. Google's future success with consumers and businesses may ultimately rest on whether its Google Assistant can serve as your personal digital twin.
At Google I/O, CEO Sundar Pichai detailed an experiment with Google Assistant that leverages a technology the company calls Duplex. Duplex was developed to bring more artificial intelligence to Google Assistant, make calls for you, book appointments, and connect businesses with consumers.
On its Google AI blog, the company outlined how Duplex works, how it uses TensorFlow and manages its neural network. The model looks like this when Duplex deals with an incoming conversation.
The idea is to run scenarios for predictive maintenance, prototype improvements, and develop products and services faster. A digital twin for a wind turbine is one thing; having a digital replica of yourself to handle tasks is quite another.
Users have long wanted to be able to have a more natural conversation with Assistant, and Google is making that happen. For starters, the company is adding a feature called “Continued Conversation,” which allows you to chat with Google without having to say “Hey Google” every time you make a request. You’ll say it the first time, but after that, you’ll be able to continue talking to Google the same way you would any other conversation.