Google's Duplex AI voice assistant will identify itself as a robot

Posted May 12, 2018

"What we showed at I/O, is just an early demo, and we look forward to useful feedback will be taken into account when developing the product", - said in Google. All of LG's 2018 OLED and Super UHD LCD TVs running WebOS are getting Google Assistant and Voice controls.

One of the most important parts of the Assistant is its voice-it needs to feel both personal and natural.

For some reason Google, Amazon, Apple and the rest of the Silicon Valley gang seem to think we, the consumers, would like their products to be as close to humans as possible. Now, Google has clarified that its experimental Duplex system will have "disclosure built-in". If AI Duplex uses a human name to gain human trust, then clearly there is an element of deception and the AI would be acting unethically.

Following the launch of the "Duplex" system, which lets AI mimic a human voice to make appointments and book tables, among other functions, a widespread outcry over the ethical dilemmas were raised by tech critics. This feature has been one of the top requests and you'll be able to turn on Continued Conversation in the coming weeks.

"It brings together all our investments over the years", said Google CEO Sundar Chipai, at the AI Developers Conference.

Called Google Duplex, it works as an extension of the firm's Google Assistant - the virtual helper that responds to voice commands - by making the calls in the background when users ask to make a reservation or appointment.

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In the Chronicle article, Gene Munster, a managing partner at Loup Ventures, said that although addressing addiction to technology is good, Google failed to address privacy.

Soon you'll be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation without repeating "Hey Google" for each follow-up request.

"What I've learned this year is we need to take a broader view of our responsibility", Zuckerberg said at the F8 conference last week-and during his testimony before Congress, according to a CNN article. This level of speech and the ability to correct throughout the calls showed a level of excellence which would see the Assistant possibly passing the Turing test. It could catch them at their most vulnerable and confidently smooth talk its way into digging out information that you may otherwise not disclose to a call centre operative.

A blog post cleared most of the doubt around the technology, called Duplex and answered questions which Google didn't onstage. Top of the list was the questionable ethics behind having machines make phone calls without disclosing that they aren't human.

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