Google Duplex Robot Calls Will Arrive With Appropriate Disclosure, Google Says

Posted May 12, 2018

The demonstrations at Google I/O, an annual event for creators of Google-compatible products, showed how big technology companies are positioning themselves for a lucrative artificial intelligence revolution while grappling with heightened scrutiny about their societal influence.

It was even a topic on sports radio. The company has already uncovered about the Android TV, Wear OS Assistant, Google Home and many more.

While Pichai - in his demo - did not reveal any disclosures will be present, Google has now assured the industry that proper measures will be taken when the product is released to the public.

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"When people are fundamentally stuck in these small echo chambers, it can be hard for them to ask questions", Upstill pointed out. This brings the total number of voices available for the Assistant up from two to eight (four male and four female), but unlike numerous new products shown off at Google I/O, the voices are already live. Still, if we're going to let machines drive us around and make phone calls for us, why not let them try to make us more intellectually well-rounded, too?

The most headline-grabbing announcement was probably the revelation that singer and actor John Legend would lend his voice to Google's AI assistant platform later this year. As Google readily admits, the restrictive nature of Material Design made adding flair and identity to an app without sacrificing its ease of use and consistency was "tedious and inefficient". One Googler compared it to OpenTable's online restaurant reservation system, which automates the process online. Google Duplex isn't Siri though.

The debate didn't end with realistic robocalling.

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In its statement, Google said it welcomed feedback about the project that would be used to fine-tune the finished version. Google News will now be the only app for news from the company, and integrates the company's earlier Newsstand app as well. This may be based on Google's upcoming Smart Compose technology that suggests words and phrases based on what's being typed.

After numerous reports of possible ethics violations that include not explicitly offering a differentiation between human and software, Google said they will possibly be addressed in the updates to follow.

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

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Humans also can't handle this kind of news curation at scale.