Google just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call

It’s hard to believe AI can interact with people this naturally Onstage at I/O 2018, Google showed off a jaw-dropping new capability of Google Assistant: in the not too distant future, it’s going to make phone calls on your behalf. CEO Sundar Pichai played back a phone call recording that he said was placed by the Assistant to a hair salon. The voice sounded incredibly natural; the person on the other end had no idea they were talking to a digital AI helper. Google Assistant even dropped in a super casual “mmhmmm” early in the… Read moreGoogle just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call

This is the new Gmail design

A new sidebar includes Google Calendar alongside messages Google revealed yesterday that it’s planning to launch a new Gmail design in the coming weeks. The refreshed design will appear for Gmail users on the web, bringing it closer to the company’s tweaks for Gmail on mobile devices. The Verge has obtained screenshots of the new Gmail design, currently being tested inside Google and with trusted partners. The new design includes some subtle elements of Google’s Material Design, and a number of new features that were originally introduced for Google’s Inbox overhaul of Gmail. Google is… Read moreThis is the new Gmail design

Google’s AI Learns Betrayal and “Aggressive” Actions Pay Off

As the development of artificial intelligence continues at breakneck speed, questions about whether we understand what we are getting ourselves into persist. One fear is that increasingly intelligent robots will take all our jobs. Another fear is that we will create a world where a superintelligence will one day decide that it has no need for humans. This fear is well-explored in popular culture, through books and films like the Terminator series. Another possibility is maybe the one that makes the most sense – since humans are the ones creating them, the machines and machine intelligences are… Read moreGoogle’s AI Learns Betrayal and “Aggressive” Actions Pay Off