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Rundown Of Google's I/O 2018 Keynote

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It has been challenging Google more frequently by launching that services duplicate what Google already offers on Android.

On this year's I/O conference Google talked about the WaveNet voice engine which makes the Assistant's voice more realistic.

"It seems like something that would be helpful for our clients", said Katherine Esperanza, co-owner of the Slick & Dapper barbershop in Oakland, Calif. Ms. Esperanza, however, wondered if the shop would be able to block the calls, and said it "begs the question about whether the conversation is recorded and if the recipient of these automated calls could be aware that they're being recorded".

But the feature that stole the show has got to be that demo powered by Google Duplex, the company's new experimental technology which lets an AI-powered bot make phone calls on your behalf. Google calls the technology Duplex. "Over the past 20 years, we've developed a lot of experience in connecting people with the right information, services and context, and we're putting that to work in Google Assistant." wrote Brad Abrams, Product Manager, Google Assistant. But Google Duplex doesn't come without privacy concerns.

"We know the path ahead needs to be navigated carefully and deliberately", he said.

Analysts were impressed by Google's continuing commitment to artificial intelligence.

Google says it's latest operating system is a "vision of AI at the core of the operating system". To do that, head over to the Google App and look for the menu and hit "Settings", then go to "Google Assistant Settings" and tap "Preferences". So for example you wouldn't ask Google Duplex to call your mum, but you might ask it to book a table at a restaurant. "These are fairly easy interactions".

In the current race for talent and more business opportunities in the next generation of computing, Google is keeping its eye on the AI prize.

Announcement of Google's Third generation tensor processing unit (TPU).

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A new report examines techniques researchers have used to trigger actions from Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Google Assistant - techniques that involve sending secret audio instructions which are "undetectable to the human ear".

Also, since Google Duplex tries to perfectly mimic a real human, there's the possibility someone will exploit that to manipulate people.

Google Maps is growing into the social domain by targeting apps such as Yelp and Foursquare.

"Another area where AI can solve important problems is accessibility", he added.

Pichai also preached responsible internet consumption, or "digital well-being". The app is superficially a predictable update: It uses Google's new focus on AI to cater stories to a user's interests, and it also has a headlines section which people can quickly scan to see what's going on in the world.

Android P will be coming out later this summer while its public beta version is available for Google, Sony, Nokia, Essential and Xiaomi smartphones. After the time limit expires, the app is grayed out as a visual reminder for users to stop using it.

Pichai unveiled other AI-powered tools for health care and accessibility. The process is a simple one.

Previously, A/C units were listed as thermostats inside the Google Home app, but that's about to change. As Google Principal Scientist Greg Corrado made clear at a Wednesday keynote addressing the future of artificial intelligence, what we saw Tuesday is only the beginning.

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