Google, during its annual developer conference, I/O 2018 revealed the Google Duplex. The new feature allows your Google Assistant to make an appointment at your hair salon or your favourite restaurant on your behalf. However, many were concerned about how ethical this feature really is.
Back in May, Google clarified in a statement that the system will have a disclosure built-in. Now, the company has released a new demo of Google Duplex that shows the Google Assistant identifying itself before making a reservation. The 1 minute and 26 seconds long video show Assistant saying “ Hi, I’m Google Assistant calling to make a reservation for a client,” right after the call is connected. The Assistant then said, “This automated call will be recorded.”
The video shows that the Assistant was fluid and impressive while booking a table for two people. And it would be interesting to see how well it performs in the day-to-day life usage. The company says that Google Duplex will be coming to selected users and businesses later this year.
Google already announced that its Assistant will now be more “naturally conversational, visually assistive, and helpful”. Users would no longer need to keep on repeating “Hey, Google” as the Assistant will now work towards building a natural conversation. The language will be easier to interact with that you might be able to get an answer to your weather queries by just asking “Will it be cats and dogs today?” the Assistant will also be able to distinguish between scenarios where you’re talking to someone else and will respond only when it senses that you need the Assistant to pop up.