Google announces new features for Assistant

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Google Assistant will sound more natural and will be easier to communicate with, the search engine giant said during its Google I/O keynote on Tuesday. The company dubbed the new features “Continued Conversation.”

Thanks to an updated artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the Assistant is now set to sound more like a human. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai (pictured) played a recording of a call during the developer conference, in which a person from a hair salon unknowingly talked to the digital AI helper. The CEO then confirmed that this was a real call made using Assistant.

Pichai Said that the Assistant can “handle the interaction gracefully,” adding that the company is “still developing this technology, and we want to work hard to get this technology and the expectations right.”


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