To be that Google’s AI cloud needs to learn and experience more. The more humans use it, the more it can interact. Just like a child learning words then learning concepts.
Starting today, there are six new voices for Google Assistant. It is part of making you more comfortable in using the technology. Mind you I like the default voice!
Continuous conversation without the need to say OK Google after every step.
For example, if you ask it for a recipe, it currently requires you to say OK Google to get each step. Soon you’ll be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation without repeating “Hey Google” for each follow-up request. The Assistant will be able to understand when you’re talking to it versus someone else and will respond accordingly.
Nested requests – multiple actions
With Multiple Actions, which is already starting to roll out, the Google Assistant will be able to understand more complex queries like “What’s the weather like in Sydney and do I need an umbrella. Oh, and what about Brisbane?”
Manners, Manners – Pretty Please
For families, later this year the Pretty Please feature will help to give children positive reinforcement when they ask nicely.
Routines make single commands powerful
Routines wrap multiple commands into a single command. In the coming weeks in the U.S., you’ll be able to use six routines that help with your morning, commutes to and from work, and evening at home. For example, say “Hey Google, I’m home”, and the Assistant on your Google Home or phone can turn on the lights, share any home reminders, play your favourite music and more, all with just four words.
Location-based reminders – get milk from the shop
All you have to do is ask Google Assistant on your smartphone or speaker, and when you get near to the store, the Assistant on your phone will remind you.
GadgetGuy’s take – incredible advances in Google Assistant
I have started using Google Assistant daily. The choice is due to the rapidly growing level of ‘amenity’ it provides. That is not to take away from Amazon Alexa (which GadgetGuy is road testing too) or Apple Siri (which does not even begin to make the voice assistant grade) or Cortana et al.
At first, it was to play music – either radio (free) or via a paid subscription. Next, it was to set alarms (very easy) and to ask what the weather is or what was on my schedule the next day.
Now its all about learning. “OK, Google do ducks have tongues?” And it answered correctly and succinctly. OK Google what is the cast of Casablanca? Voice is a lot easier than text.
But that has progressed to OK Google convert 25Mb/s to Gb/s. OK, Google open GadgetGuy’s login page.
And I am gradually integrating smart home functions (I don’t have enough hair left to do that all at once) but its interesting and useful when it works.
I think Google is smart. It is pacing its developments in such a way that we get used to them and begin to expect more.
Do I trust Google? No more than I trust Bill Gates, Steve Jobs (deceased) or any of the other tech moguls (especially Mark Zuckerberg – so over Facebook).
But I have to start trusting and it may as well be Google – I am not a tin-foil hat luddite. I trust Government will enact strong privacy legislation sooner rather than later.