On October 4th, Google announced various devices (Pixel Smartphone and Google Home) that feature their new Google Assistant. As shown in the video above, this intelligent assistant aims to improve the way we interact with our devices and make the Google experience more personal. It seems to offer improvements to the current voice search embedded within the Google (or Google Now) app. The video also shows the progress Google is making with artificial intelligence in areas such as image recognition, voice recognition, translation, and more. If you wish to preview the new Google Assistant without purchasing a new device, you can install the free Allo messaging app on your smartphone.
As I viewed the presentation, it got me thinking about other intelligent assistants and the challenges that researchers face with respect to artificial intelligence. Click the links below for articles and videos related to intelligent assistants:
- Apple’s Siri (Video) – Siri’s new tricks in iOS 10 (CNET)
- Amazon’s Alexa (Video) – 5 Things Amazon’s Alexa Bot Can Do For You (Wall Street Journal)
- Microsoft’s Cortana (Video) – Cortana gets some new tricks in Windows 10 (CNET)
- Microsoft Cognitive Services (Video) – Introducing the Seeing AI project (Microsoft)
- AI’s Challenges (Article) – These are three of the biggest problems facing today’s AI (The Verge)