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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Advances for 500 million Google Assistants

Seems like good ideas.   Felt that Google was falling behind, even though it AI capabilities seem deep.   I want to be impressed by integrated AI.  To be shown things that are really useful when finding, using and manipulating knowledge from external sources, business information and derived analytical results.   Number of devices now out there among consumers is astounding.

Google Assistant passes 500 million users, will get longform reading and deeper smart home integration in 2020     By Khari Johnson in Venturebeat

Google Assistant is now used by 500 million monthly active users, and today Google is previewing features on the way in 2020 like a new voice that reads articles and web pages aloud to users with a more natural and humanlike voice. Later this year, saying “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page” will trigger the assistant to read or translate text from an article or webpage into 42 languages. In a story told in a VentureBeat exclusive, Google brought article and webpage reading to its lightweight Go app in August 2018.

Longform reading will begin with articles and websites but may expand to areas like reading your emails in the future, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat.  ... "

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