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Google IO 2018

Google Duplex Privacy

Hey Google, please stop pretending to be human

May 10th, 2018

Google Duplex — Google Assistant’s creepiest feature yet, which can make actual phone calls that sound very human — was without a doubt the best product unveiled at Google I/O this year. Of course, it’s worth pointing out these demos were not live, which would have been even more awesome, and the feature isn’t actually …

Google AI Duplex

Google may be the one tech company the world can’t afford to lose

May 9th, 2018

If the stream of big Google-related news so far this week — from details about Android P to some of the wow moments at I/O like Duplex — has reminded us of anything, it’s this. A fact that’s easy to overlook about the Mountain View giant, when companies like Twitter and Facebook, with all its …

Google Assistant vs Amazon Alexa app, Siri integration, features

Here are all the things Google Assistant now does that Amazon Alexa can’t

May 9th, 2018

Amazon started the current trend of voice assistants when it launched the Amazon Echo four years ago. But the first-mover advantage doesn’t last all that long in tech, and Google has been pouring its considerable artificial intelligence resources into the Google Assistant ever since then. The company just announced a raft of new features for …

Google IO 2018

Is Google crossing a line with new AI that pretends to be human?

May 9th, 2018

Most people, even if they don’t know anything about the norms of journalism, are aware that reporters are expected to identify themselves as such to sources. That there’s something … shady, let’s say, about a reporter attempting to get information out of someone by pretending to be an ordinary member of the public. The dynamic …

Google IO 2018 Recap

Google I/O 2018: The 10 biggest announcements

May 9th, 2018

The annual Google I/O developer conference is Google’s biggest event of the year by far. Unlike Apple, where the biggest event each year is the company’s late-summer iPhone unveiling, Google is a software company first and foremost. At Google I/O each year, Google takes us on a journey through the company’s efforts to push the …