Google used its annual I/O developers congress to roll out some significant improvements to Google Assistant.
Now, remember that Google Assistant is just a voice interface to Google’s vast Artificial Intelligence (AI) cloud. In theory, there is no limit to what it can do – if Google can, OK Google can too.
And for the moment we are going to ignore issues of privacy lest we are sidetracked too much. Those issues will require a mix of legislation, self-regulation, and public pressure. Although let me quote Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO from his opening ceremony address.
Google I/O is its annual developer conference. It brings together more than 7,000 developers for a three-day event. I/O gives us a great chance to share some of Google’s latest innovations and show how they’re helping us solve problems for our users.
We’re at an important inflection point in computing, and it’s exciting to be driving technology forward. It’s clear that technology can be a positive force and improve the quality of life for billions of people around the world.
But it’s equally clear that we can’t just be wide-eyed about what we create. There are very real and important questions being raised about the impact of technology and the role it will play in our lives.
We know the path ahead needs to be navigated carefully and deliberately—and we feel a deep sense of responsibility to get this right. It’s in that spirit that we’re approaching our core mission.