Google's 'deceitful' AI assistant to identify itself as a robot during calls

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While this new feature is directly locking horns with Apple's and Amazon's counterparts - Siri and Alexa, the respective companies' very own personal assistants, there is plenty of interest and excitement as to how Google will match up to it. While impressive, the demo has raised some concerns. "Silicon Valley is ethically lost, rudderless and has not learned a thing".

"We understand and value the discussion around Google Duplex - as we've said from the beginning, transparency in the technology is important", a Google spokesperson said. At the moment Duplex isn't a commercially available product, but Google does have plans to start testing Duplex with Assistant later this year. The dashboard is part of something that Android is calling "Digital Wellbeing" which seems like a slight contradiction considering Google are working extremely hard to make AI ideal and encourage you to use your devices more but also simultaneously letting you know that you are using your devices too much.

Google Duplex, a new Google Assistant feature, shocked the world at I/O 2018 because it sounded human.

The voices aim to sound more natural and will include pauses that convey meaning.

"In the domain of making appointments, it passes the Turing test", Hennessy said at an I/O meeting. Like most Google innovations, it was progress but not without causing panic.

As part of planned updates to the technology Google is now working on making Assistant more visually assistive.

Among the Google I/O highlights was the announcement that Google's digital assistant will add six new voices, including one based on that of former Philadelphia-based crooner John Legend, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and actor signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. AI technologies like Duplex can be potentially used to deceive people over the phone, due to the realistic human fa├žades they present.

Google Maps tends to be everyone's go-to maps application.

"I can't sit down and within 30 seconds figure out that the North Korean detainees have been suddenly released in the USA and that Donald Trump is tweeting about it and that there's a perspective coming in from the Washington Post", Upstill said.

In its statement, Google said it welcomed feedback about the project that would be used to fine-tune the finished version. The company is working on Android Dashboard, which will show users how long they spend on their phone, which apps they use the maximum, and more.

This could be a dystopian vision, but it doesn't have to be that way, the Google scientist concluded.

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