The Google I/O festival is always an interesting one, but this year’s event was even more exceptional with the Google Assistant demo in particular. It appears that the future of voice assistants is here and it’s both amazing and creepy.
The technology used is what Google calls “Duplex” and judging on this demo alone, it far surpasses the likes of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana. Duplex showcases just how far AI has come and it’s a real eye opener for what we can expect in the near future.
During the demo, Google had Duplex call a hair salon and make a booking on their behalf. This concept alone is impressive, however when listening to the interaction take place, it is truly mind blowing just how human-like Duplex actually sounds. She uses natural human pauses and verbal ticks like “uhs” and “ums”, and she is able to respond in a casual and accurate manner, even when the conversation doesn’t exactly go to plan.
Here’s the demo so you can see this incredible AI technology for yourself: