Among all the technological innovations that promise to cover our reality during the coming months, one of them is the development of artificial intelligence (AI) to support various tasks related to the commercial world. It is easy to remember Siri from Apple, a software that had a fun character and that was capable of answering various questions, as long as they were simple. Google wants to go further and that’s why it has created Google Assistant .
The project is as ambitious as it is interesting due to the large number of applications to which Google has access. Configured as a virtual assistant, he would be able to understand the natural language and hold more complex conversations than predecessor models, to the point of understanding aspects such as context or to continue to answer questions on the same topic, even if the user decides to choose the subject to which it refers.
Getting the assistant to respond effectively and satisfactorily to the users requires a very complex programming that should be refined as it is used and new associated technology will emerge to improve it. However, with this tool, Google is offering us a “friend” that brings us a little closer to that idea of virtual future that we all have in our heads. While it is true that the assistant will not develop a personal relationship with users, will be able to warn us of our appointments and important events, to provide recommendations according to our tastes or even to make suggestions if there is a coincidence that in the area there is someone known
This is possible, as we have said, thanks to the different Google services : if in Calendar we have entered the appointments, if a reservation has been made through Gmail or if we have activated the geolocalizer. These aspects, however, could provoke certain suspicions about the always controversial subject of privacy. It seems that in this aspect the company wants to provide total transparency; Through a web it will be possible to control the information that is stored so that Google Assistant works, so that it will always be in the user’s hands to restrict the data they want.
If we add to this technology Google Home , an elegant speaker design that allows you to give orders to Google Assistant , we get a multifunction device capable of helping us with virtually a multitude of tasks. Keep in mind that the company is working together with some of Pixar’s experts so that they can achieve a “human” personality for the assistant, being able to reflect the right emotions in each situation.
Although Google Assistant can now be installed on smartphones, its current configuration requires changing the language of the phone to English, so if you do not have fluency with this language it is not very useful. We will have to wait to see how this application evolves and if it will really become an indispensable assistant for our daily life.