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Google Swears Its Duplex AI Assistant Will Tell You It’s a Bot Calling

Earlier this week at the Google I/O developer festival, the company debuted Duplex, its eerily accurate human voice system that impersonates a bumbling intern making calls on your behalf. According to Google, Duplex is able to schedule appointments and book restaurant reservations by making actual phone calls for you. What Google didn’t say was whether the human on the other end would know it was talking to a bot. But now the company says it’s working on a feature to solve that problem, according to CNET. Read More >>

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An Empowered Assistant Is How Wear OS Could Get Back on Track

When Google changed the name of its smartwatch OS from Android Wear to Wear OS, I was pissed. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform’s support for both Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding didn’t come with any new features or updates that advanced the capabilities of the platform. That meant the name change was more symbolic than anything, or at the very least, poorly timed. Read More >>

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The Best and Worst of Google I/O 2018

Yesterday, Google hosted the keynote address at its annual I/O developer conference. It was kind of short compared to some of the marathons we’ve been subjected to in the past! But there’s still plenty for us to praise — and pan. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Impersonating a Human Is Scary as Hell to Me

Google could soon have a feature that lets your phone impersonate people—because consumer-facing artificial intelligence isn’t terrifying enough. Called Duplex, it’s intended to make people’s lives easier by handling standard phone calls that are necessary, but not especially personal. Read More >>

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Google’s New ‘Digital Wellbeing’ Android Features Save You From Your Phone

Smartphones have fundamentally transformed our world but the downside of all of this is that your phone owns you. Remember the last time you left your phone at home? It sucked! In an effort to help improve what it calls your “Digital Wellbeing,” Google’s introducing a collection of features designed to make your phone less addictive, and you more aware of the time you spend staring at it. Read More >>

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Everything Coming to Android P Announced at Google I/O 2018

Is it going to be called Pancake or Peppermint? Or how about Popsicle? Well, whatever Google ends up deciding on, if history is any indication, we’re not going to know for sure until the autumn. So to hold us over, why don’t we take a look at all the new updates and features Google showed off for Android at I/O 2018. Read More >>