And unlike the voices of current AI assistants which give off their robot origins, Duplex sounded natural. It can do more as designed but for now, it can only make appointments and book reservations for you.
To this effect, it is adding to the assistant's code, lines that will help it improve the user's "digital well-being".
Google Assistant can also be a helpful tool for parents wanting to teach kids some manners.
Duplex is not yet a working product, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced it onstage on Tuesday at the company's I/O developer conference with only a pre-recorded phone call. This week, for the first time, we have had to grapple with the actual reality of this development. It may not be a leap of the level of quantum computing, but it is, in its own right a leap that could change how individuals and businesses function in the coming days. But others had a different impression and are questioning the ethics of an AI deceiving people by acting human. You can follow along with a recipe, control your smart home, watch live TV on YouTube TV, and make video calls with Google Duo.
AI calling: Google now says that Duplex calls will let the person on the other end know that, despite its realistic sound, it's actually an AI agent.
Google has assured that all who will call bot, will be warnedAt Google promise to take measures to citizens, which will call a new bot, the Duplex, don't confused it with a real person, writes the Chronicle.info with reference on the Letters.
Judging by the demo, Duplex seems pretty damn good at replicating the natural speech patterns of humans, down to the "um", and "ah" filler words found in almost every phone call.
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But should this leap in technology concern us? And that is where the problem lies. "We understand and value the discussion around Google Duplex - as we've said from the beginning, transparency in the technology is important", a Google spokesperson said.
"That's very impressive, but it can clearly lead to more sinister uses of this type of technology", said Matthew Fenech, who researches the policy implications of AI for the London-based organization Future Advocacy.
With the AI sounding so much like a real human, a number of commentators have brought up the potential ethical issues with the technology.
Google is rolling out a tool called "Your Match", which uses machine learning to determine your location and interests, serving up targeted suggestions for new businesses opening up in your area and more.
The technology at hand, thus also holds within its grasp the ability to trick people in ways that we never thought before. The outcome of Google's pledge, as The Verge reports, means that any person telephoned by a chatbot will be immediately informed that they are conversing with a machine.
It's so convincing that Hennessy, a former president of Stanford University, said Duplex passes the test proposed in 1950 by English computer scientist Alan Turing. Checks and balances that we now can not guarantee.