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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Google Assistant and Duplex can Listen Better

This made me think a while about the implications.  It does not necessarily imply a loss of privacy, these are the actions-skills that we accept as extensions to an assistant.   Commands.   So would seem it would be very useful to office voice actions ....   So I could say 'Copy This',  and what follow would be recorded.    Or  'Translate this ... And the following would be translated.     We know that Google can do that ... just need better context operation.    As long as we can control the results.  Lately too have been impressed how the assistant can better handle my mis-stated commands.  But should that make us fear for privacy?

Google Assistant actions can now continuously listen for specific words
Kyle Wiggers@KYLE_L_WIGGERS in Venturebeat

Google today detailed new tools for partners developing on Google Assistant, its voice platform used by over 500 million people monthly in 30 languages across 90 countries. Actions Builder, a web-based integrated development environment (IDE), provides a graphical interface to show conversation flows and support debugging and training data orchestration. Continuous Match Mode allows Google Assistant to respond immediately to a user’s speech by recognizing specified words and phrases. And AMP-compliant content on smart displays like Nest Hub Max speeds up browsing via the web.

Google also revealed that Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, has been used to update over half a million business listings in Google Search and Google Maps to date. Back in March, CEO Sundar Pichai said Google would use Duplex “where possible” to contact restaurants and businesses so it can accurately reflect hours, pick-up, and delivery information during the pandemic. The company subsequently expanded Duplex in a limited capacity to the U.K., Australia, Canada, and Spain, adding support for the Spanish language in the last instance.  ... " 

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