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James Martin  CNET

Post I/O 2018, Google has compiled a list of all the announcements that it made at the conference.

Ultimately, the company hopes that Duplex will develop into a system that might one day solve "accessibility problems", The Guardian says. Here are 10 that really matter.

Google I/O and Google Assistant logos.

The technology giant is under fire after designing artificial intelligence that can converse over the phone, mimicking a human voice.

YouTube is kicking off Google's aims that will greatly help customers balance technology and life.

"What happens is the Google Assistant makes the call seamlessly in the background for you", he said, before showing an actual conversation between Duplex and a hair salon employee. Duplex can "make reservations, schedule appointments, and get holiday hours from businesses". The "pretty please" feature which encourages children to say please when interacting with Google's voice bases assistant, tackles the concern that impressionable children are becoming impolite because they are talking to more digital assistants.

The new human-like speaking ability takes Google Assistant another step closer towards passing the Turing test, a test proposed by Alan Turing, an English computer scientist in 1950 where a computer's natural language responses would need to sound like a human's in order to pass. For such tasks, the system makes the conversational experience as natural as possible, allowing people to speak normally, like they would to another person, without having to adapt to a machine. You can continue to chat with the Assistant without saying the wake word, and a simple thank you, would be a cue for it to stop. A lot of things could still change until the Google Duplex launch, so we will just have to wait and see how Google reacts to the controversy. It is expected that the company will be announcing the Android P - Peppermint Patty, Popsicle, and Pudding. The company has already uncovered about the Android TV, Wear OS Assistant, Google Home and many more. This makes the command giving process easier for the user.

Aside from the talk of digital wellbeing, the rest of the opening keynote at Google I/O focused on feature improvements to its biggest and most profitable products. The person on the other end of the line might not know that and will therefore be sending data to Google without his or her knowledge much less consent. "We'll be experimenting with the right approach over the coming months". You can read it here.

Google also unveiled a feature for its Gmail service called Smart Compose, which provides users with suggested strings of text for emails.

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