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Google I/O 2018: Google Assistant gets better at talking with Continued Conversation

Google Assistant becomes more human.

  • Published: May 8, 2018 11:23 PM IST

If you thought Google Assistant sounded human, Google has come out with quite an eerie update. At the ongoing Google I/O 2018 keynote, the search giant announced a couple of features that makes talking to Google Assistant more natural and human.

Continued Conversation is a new feature that means you won’t have to repeatedly say ‘Hey Google’ to get the Assistant’s attention. On stage, Google’s Scott Huffman had a conversation with the AI assistant without calling out it multiple times. We must admit the conversation did sound relatively natural, and it will be interesting to see how it works in real life.

One of the ways the Assistant is able to handle threaded requests is because of what Google calls ‘Multiple Actions’. In other words, Assistant will be able to combine multiple requests in a phrase.

Sticking to making Google Assistant more human, the AI assistant will now be getting a new “Pretty Please” mode. Essentially, when you say please while talking to Assistant, it will respond politely. It is a really good feature to ensure kids learn the importance of talking politely with others.

Google has revealed that Assistant currently is available on over 500 million devices, and works with over 5,000 home devices. Soon, it’ll work in over 30 languages as well.

  • Published Date: May 8, 2018 11:23 PM IST