Let’s Talk About Google Duplex!

Let’s Talk About Google Duplex!

Google Assistant making real phone calls?! Artificial intelligence is taking crazy steps forward. How far will it go?

Talking AI with Neil Degrasse Tyson: https://youtu.be/y9U10qdDQqk

Google Duplex blog post: https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/duplex-ai-system-for-natural-conversation.html

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67 Responses

  1. Pranay Pathole says:

    Mark my words in a few years (or even sooner) the dialer will have an option to take the incoming call. Get a call from a random number while busy at work let the Assistant to the talking.
    This is equally amazing and terrifying

    • Andrew Cahaly says:

      That would be so awesome.

    • Samuel Lavoie says:

      Yah so assistant​ will talk to another assistant. That would be freaky.

    • Sonny Milbourn says:

      Who knows what they could be discussing

    • Anthox Lind el says:

      they will discuss how to destroy the world..

    • Mister CoconutCurry says:

      Businesses have been able to do that for over a decade. The only reason they don’t is because consumers get angry there’s “not a real person” on the other side.

      Businesses do not need anything to side realistic. They just want the info. A bunch of 1’s and 0’s sent over the internet would suffice for a Ealing provided they had a simple android device on the revisiting end to log the name and time into a simple diary…

  2. Jesus Meza says:

    Why talk about Google Duplex when it can talk for you

  3. Veridian says:

    When’s Google Spaghetti coming out?

  4. Myrmidon says:

    One of the things that made it sound convincing was it used the wrong inflections. It made statements with an upward inflections as it they were questions? Like, you know, every sentence is a question?

  5. Rahul Anjamani says:

    We are getting closer to the reality of the movie “Her”

  6. Rodrigo Mena Mendoza says:

    It sounds more human than ZUCC.

  7. Renan da Silveira Santos says:

    Imagine this assistant taking care of that long call to your internet service provider, oh yes, I want that. Also, forward thinking service providers are more likely to adopt something like that sooner than a lot of consumers, think about that, when we reach that point I bet people won’t feel so bad about it.

  8. Mike Burton says:

    Well, I guess phone sex operators will be out of a job.

    • Heriberto Sarmiento says:

      Mike Burton google: unmmmm what are you wearing?

      Me: ummmm I didn’t call you for robot Sex damn it..i wanted was sushi!

  9. AJFilms says:

    Watch Westworld to see an interesting take on “how far will we go with these robots?” I have nothing to do with the show other than I like it

    • seymour engelbert says:

      Probably an impossible scenario, simply because all humans would have to become psychopaths for it to work. When the line between real and artificial life truly disappears, only sociopaths would treat artificial “lives” as objects. Or perhaps it make us more evil than we already are?

    • King Jerizo says:

      Doesn’t look like anything to me

    • Raymond Wolt says:

      That sounds like something a robot would say…

    • Scott Noneya says:

      I see everything so clearly now. I know what I must do….

    • Jacob G says:

      seymour engelbert I don’t think your skepticism is consistent with our history. We have seen millions of people convinced that other living human beings are sub-humam or worthy of extermination. The hosts have been treated like slaves and now, in season two, they are asserting that robot lives matter.

  10. Shadow7758 says:

    I think Google saw iron man 1 and 2 and just decided to make Jarvis

  11. Aaron Meloccaro says:

    If you are too busy to make a phone call to set up an appointment when you spend all day gaming or on social media, then your priorities are skewed to a really messed up place. Someone in business that is this busy has an assistant. This is so close to ripping off a persons voice and them calling in torroristic threats. Who is to say it isnt you in a court of law?? Its your voice!

    • Joacim Sarén says:

      Aaron Meloccaro this is what deepfake is. And that has been a thing for a while. With humanlike AI voices we’ll eventually also need AI to determine wether the caller is a human or not.

    • Bud The Cyborg says:

      “Someone in business that is this busy has an assistant.”
      Sounds like “someone” has never started a business before.

    • knightwolf537 says:

      whats a torrorist lmao

    • Eric Enright says:

      I think you’re getting a bit carried away but people this would be useful for are someone who works third shift. They sleep during the day when businesses are open so to have something like this that could make appointments for you so you didn’t have to set a timer and wake up during your sleep would be useful. There’s positive and negative uses for many things. If people were gonna do a bad thing weather or not this exists they’re gonna figure out a way to still do that bad thing. Guns don’t shoot people, people shoot people. My point is anything including cell phones can hurt people. it’s how the person chooses to use it that makes it dangerous or not. And this could help many types of people in many ways. Like disabled people. That’s all I’m Saying.

  12. TubeSurferGeek says:

    Why do people *want* to know when they’re speaking to AI vs. a human? Is it so they can be rude or dismissive? How about you just *DO YOUR DAMN JOB* and not be overly concerned about who (or what) is on the other end of the phone line.

    • Joacim Sarén says:

      TubeSurferGeek I mean it would be more convinient to give shorter and less polite answers. That would make the call service more effective.

    • Yisrael Manasseh says:

      TuberSuferGeek Correct!!!

    • Jacob Lara says:

      Exactly! We have been getting harassed by their robo telemarketers for years. And where’s that outcry? We just find ways around it. We don’t get on Twitter and complain about it

    • Yisrael Manasseh says:

      Jacob Lara can u pleaseeeee subscribe to my channel YISTECH . Please

  13. 和輝Kazuki says:

    Apparently the “um”s and “uh”s and “oh”s are put in place to let the programme think and workout what the person is saying

  14. irma table. says:

    will be making a video about this topic on my channel as well. similar points to what you’ve said. ethics is a big thing, where does it fit in in all of this. don’t believe there was any mention of it. but i understand they’re trying to show the whole system in a positive light.

  15. Chanelle Novoséy says:

    This is crazyyyyyyyy

  16. Carlos Botero says:

    And now you know that google is gonna sell this technology to telemarketers and its going to be that much more frustrating to refuse any services with a robot trained to know your weaknesses

  17. Sam says:

    Hey Siri, book me a hair appointment tomorrow at noon

    *Here are the top search results for hair appointments at noon*

  18. Robert J. Holtz says:

    “These violent delights have violent ends.”

  19. Road to the 2 Comma Club says:

    I can’t wait to use this to break up with my girlfriend

  20. CZsWorld says:

    I read somewhere that the umm actually does have a purpose. To buy more time for the assistant to compute.

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