Google unveils its vision to incorporate “AI” at I/O Keynote 2018
Google has unveiled its vision to incorporate “AI” or Artificial Intelligence in its Keynote address of 2018. The Keynote 2018 announcements were nothing short of inspiring. Although we’ve seen plenty of AI from different brands and now Google takes the foray in this arena. From email to maps and to the way you use your phone, Google has unveiled its vision to incorporate machine and app learning into your day-to-day life to make browsing more engaging than ever before.
The reduction of emails to a greeting-card level of convenience was accompanied by a showstopping demo of Google’s AI performing phone calls with customer service personnel. The Google Assistant was hemming and hawing in an extremely natural manner, successfully masquerading as a person. Once operational, this new Google Assistant function promises to remove yet another human-to-human interface, serving laudable purposes — such as helping a busy parent by making a call to schedule a doctor’s appointment for an ailing child — but also serving to distance and atomize us as individuals.
The 9th major version of the Android Operating System is all about learning your habits. From the apps you use to the time you spend browsing each one of them, this version of Android OS will cater to your phone usage like never before. As demonstrated in the keynote, this OS will predict the apps you’re about to use based on your usage history and show them separately on the screen for you to access faster.Google Assistant Smart Display coming this July
Gmail Smart Compose
This outstanding AI-infused feature help you compose your emails from scratch. What it will do is simple. As you type, it will suggest the rest of the sentence based on what you’re typing. It sounds creepy for beginners, but if just imagine all the free time (and lack of grammatical errors) you’ll have.
Google Maps will get AR directions
Have you ever struggled with directions when you are walking with Google Maps on your smartphone? With the new AR feature, the app makes it much easier. It’ll give you exact directions in real time (and in real place) so you never make a wrong turn again.
Google News — AI Powered
Thanks to AI, reading the news with Google is about to get better. According to the keynote broadcast, “it uses artificial intelligence to analyze all the content published to the web at any moment, and organize all of those articles, videos, and more into storylines. It spots the ones you might be interested in and puts them in your briefing.”
The new Google News is my pick for the most important announcement from I/O 2018. Building on the Google News Initiative, I think it’s the most ambitious project that Google has embarked on in recent times, mostly because it’s not the typical Google venture where just throwing more AI at the problem will eventually perfect its solution.
Google News is an aggregator of news stories that Google thinks you might find interesting, providing a single point of access for information that was previously scattered across Google Newsstand, Google’s News & Weather app, and other sources like YouTube. You can also opt to just look at the most widely read stories of the moment, independent of your personal context. A new developing-story format called “newscast” will provide something akin to Twitter’s Moments.
Google’s Smart Displays, which will go on sale from its hardware partners in July, are a direct response to Amazon’s Echo Show, basically a smart speaker with a screen. Most of the Smart Display interactions will be based on web technologies, but Google expressly said it will not provide a web browser, arguing that it would hamper the simplicity the company is going for. That’s a peculiar thing for Google to say, a company that’s long championed the openness of the web, and it does create a situation where only Google-approved partners will get their content onto the Smart Display.
Gmail Smart Compose
In another example of Google striding boldly into what might potentially be very personal or confidential interactions, Gmail is soon getting a predictive composition feature that will finish your sentences for you. Once again, I don’t know how to feel about that.
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