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.