Say hello to Allo – and the AI assistants set to run your life - via Callum Watts

Resource / Say hello to Allo – and the AI assistants set to run your life - via Callum Watts

By Futures Centre / 24 May 2016

YOU may not know it yet, but you’re getting a new secretary. Someone to tackle the drudgery of everyday life like booking restaurants, checking the weather and responding to your messages. And the tech world is locked in a battle to build it for you.

Google is the latest company to throw its hat into the ring. Last week, at its annual keynote event Google I/O, the firm revealed its new artificially intelligent assistant. “It makes it easy to buy movie tickets while on the go, to find that perfect restaurant for your family to grab a quick bite before the movie starts, and then help you navigate to the theater,” Google announced online.

The help comes in a few shapes. There’s Google Home, a cylindrical device slated to come out later this year. Backed by the Google assistant, it fields vocal requests, like setting a timer for the oven or playing a specified song. With the messaging app Allo, people can request details about nearby restaurants, say, in the middle of a chat. Plus, a slightly unnerving “smart reply” function suggests pre-written texts to send to your friends, saving you the trouble of an actual conversation.

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