A Video Demonstration Of Google's New AI Assistant That Can Convincingly Call And Make Appointments For You

May 10, 2018

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This is a video demonstration of Google Duplex, an artificial intelligence personal assistant that can call local businesses and set up appointments for you. And it almost sounds as convincing as a real human, provided most humans you know are a little robotic, which they all totally are. The end: it nears. Alternatively, call and schedule your own appointments -- who do you think you are anyways, some bigtime hot-shot? "Time is money." You sound like my masseuse. Speaking of, can you call him and set up an appointment for me -- I have some tension in my back.

Keep going for the video.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Wholly crap, GW what have you done? They're talking serious philosophy an' book recommendations down there now!

  • Geekologie

    that is definitely nothing i did

  • Doog

    This is honestly just going to lead to more convincing spam callers and scams

  • GeneralDisorder

    I recommend watching the Pirate Phone Company TED talk. It's pretty good stuff and he records the calls. I just wish there was an app to auto-forward calls to that system for smartphones.

  • Juan Santiago

    this shit will do for real life what navi did for Link in Ocarina of Time.

  • Doog

    Hey, listen!

  • Wilf Smith

    Very impressive.

  • Jenness

    I posted this on FB and think this is a race to mediocrity in so many ways. Nothing innovative can come from these types of interactions; however innocuous they may seem. I honestly feel that by RPA'ing these types of tasks we lose more than we gain not just in human connection but in loss of creativity. AI is light years away from being able to create the mutations and anomalies in interactions, thought and creativity that propel us forward. So long as it remains a tool - and these bots aren't used for relationships, to screen candidates for jobs or perform tasks which need random screw ups - but already we are seeing that is not the case.

  • Wilf Smith

    I'd have to disagree. The improving sophistication of speech recognition and interaction - which is just the next gen of human to machine interface is a truly amazing advance on the cutting edge of a lot of different fields of computer science. Amazing because of the complexity of the task, the enormous amount of data behind it, research, clever algorithms, its astounding. I say this as an IT consultant myself, well used to complex systems - the evolution of these "AI" systems is incredible and really is the next paradigm leap in computer technology.

    It will eventually eliminate the larger need for screens that need to be in front of you or a keyboard or touchpad sat on your lap for many day to day activities. Dumb machines that sit there without offering guidance, and require typing and clicks will be seen as antiquated - in the same way a typewriter that cannot edit, cut, paste and rearrange seems now.

    Humans natural communication method is speech, keyboards are wholly artificial - once machines get to the point that they can seamlessly communicate with us via speech and crucially understand the oh so important context, it will prompt another disruptive leap forward for technology. Its on the cusp of happening at the moment, and that Google demonstration shows just how close it is - they've already mastered narrow aspects of it, the next step is rolling it out across everything.

    Technology and automation is designed to remove drudgery and improve efficiency of what we do. Its just another series of tools. Like we dont even think twice now about our highly automated and mechanised farming production - and yet once upon a time the bulk of people were employed on the land. We can do better than wasting our time filling in the mundane details of our life, the chores, the repetitive tasks - it leaves you free to do something better, including talking to people - but in meaningful conversations, not just talking to a person to arrange a haircut appointment.

    Thought and creativity - if that's your thing then you get more time to do that. Go talk to someone. Chill with them. But what you wont be doing, is all that repetitive chore nonsense. It will free you up. Do you lament washing your clothes in the nearby river and chatting to all the other random people washing their clothes on the same rock ? No. You chuck it in a machine, hit a button, and then go do something more useful with yourself.

  • Bling Nye

    Totally reminds me of this scene: https://www.youtube.com/wat...

  • Jenness

    Heh

  • Jenness

    I would argue your point - "We can do better than wasting our time filling in the mundane details of our life, the chores, the repetitive tasks - it leaves you free to do something better.." and state that we have lost something by becoming apart. I do not necessarily think that convenience in all things has been better for humanity. If so then why is camping still so wonderful and being away from electricity, our cell phones, such a soul-enriching experience?

    There has to be a mix - but I don't see it happening. I see social media taking over people's lives and going to restaurants filled with zombies staring at their phones more than their dining companions. I see people on tiny screens making fun of other people staring at tiny screens on LiveLeak who walk into traffic or fall into holes right in front of them.

    I see people losing jobs to RPA who don't have 'something better to do' while skilled trades are desperate for workers with a society and government who are failing to fund voc-ed and pushing talented youth into STEM programs who are best suited to be craftsmen, in a trade, in careers that can have them earning living wages right after high school.

    I would argue that for this to work for the majority of people - and not just a small segment of society - this isn't going to be as beneficial as it sounds but just another way for them to be disenfranchised, unemployed, and unconnected to those around them.

  • FearlessFarris

    You may enjoy the book "Tribe" by Sebastian Junger. It's a quick but fascinating read, and he explores the larger societal issues that you touch on in your post here.

  • Jenness

    Hey, I forgot to tell you I read it. I loved it. Thank you so much. I have been saying this to people in oh so many words and glad I'm not the only one that thinks this. I wish he would have talked about military wives (I was one) because the same effects happen to them as well as veterans. It's a whole different world when you get out.

  • FearlessFarris

    Thank YOU so much for letting me know. I'm really glad that you enjoyed the book. I've recommended it to so many people I know. I think the book very eloquently and effectively describes a condition of modern society that effects everyone--including and especially returning veterans. The notion of "tribalism" is at the root of so many issues tearing at the fabric of American society, and it's very little recognized or understood.

    I really appreciate your willingness to accept my recommendation, and so glad that you enjoyed it. It means a lot, so thanks again.

  • Jenness

    No problem. I already talked about the book at Mother's day with my mom & sister so I'm spreading the word.

    I particularly liked the part about the growing and toxic societal focus on disparity rather than unity. I'm very conservative but yet my best friend is one the opposite spectrum - and we have the most incredible friendship because it involves emotional intelligence, compromise and focusing on what we share. Having the toxicity of partisanship grow to the global detriment it has is really a topic of concern that I wish more writers and the media would truly address w/out of course the accompanying contempt and blame.

    The book really packed a lot into a tiny space - and I appreciate the research notes and the work the author put into it with statistics. Cold hard facts plus what I already know and feel on a soul level is always validating.

  • Jenness

    I'll have to check that out, thank you! *p.s. I bought it on Amazon - it better not suck because it was $12.89 lol *

  • Ollie Williams

    That is amazing.

  • Eric Ord

    First

    Can it do firsts for you? Me? Whatever?

  • Spike

    I like that when everyone else gets upvoted and you get downvoted it looks like you came here last to claim you were first.

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