Google will do more than just organize the world's information. It wants to fill in our lives and replace more of our daily tasks robotically. Clearly, the goal, as outlined this week.
Forget the shiny new Pixel phones, tablets and speakers that Google announced this week at a splashy event in New York. Or a new talking video speaker that takes on Amazon's Echo Show focusing on Google visual images such as mapping, calendar and of course all that YouTube content.
It's cool. But the things we care about ̵
Evaluate some of the artificial intelligence advances that the company spied this week.
Google Pixel 3 Ring Screen 3 (Photo: Google)
Google will soon be able to:
• Call You
• Display your conversations and rewrite them on behalf of you, in real time.
• Take pictures without having to break the shutter when it feels that the subject is smiling or making a fog face. (All these only if you have a Google Pixel phone.)
First announced in the spring, Google said this week that Duplex will begin testing this month for Pixel owners in four cities – San Francisco, New York, Atlanta and Phoenix.
Think of this for a moment: You're advertising, "Hi, Google, call Chart House and get me a table for two at 7 pm," and your phone does the job for you, because you have the Google Assistant app's robot, call the restaurant in the background. You will receive a confirmation of the reservation. (Or be informed that 7pm was busy and you were pushed up to 8pm.)
It's two minutes saved.
Cool for you, but nice to the restaurant staff who already get too many strange phone calls. Now a computer rings and sounds very realistic.
In a note to businesses this week, Google said that they would always be able to tell that they are talking to a robot and that there will be an opt-out feature to deny the conversations.
Talking about conversations we do not want, comes here Google's call screen.
This is aimed at scaring away telemarketers. Instead of hanging up on them immediately, Google has a different idea so many of us have done it. Let Google Assistant take care of these rodents.
Get a caller you do not recognize?
Click a button and let Google find out who's on the second line and whether you really want to take the conversation. It is a variation of the old screening of calls made by answering machines that we used to do.
Here's what the caller wants to see: "Hello, the person you call is using a Google screening service and want a copy of this conversation. Go ahead and say your name and why you call."
In real time, you get a transcript and a chance to decide whether to retrieve or not. I love this and hope Apple feels inspired to steal it for iPhone. But let's be real: This will not solve the problem.
Telemarketers will hang up right away, and the real culprits are the automatic robotic numbers that the Call Screen feature will not help.
But it's a start in the right direction.
So if you're in a position, Google has already introduced "Smart Compose" to automatically populate your mail in Gmail with suggested words to make Google fill in your mind and take your job off composing . It will call and shield them for you. It automatically tells me every day how long my commute will be based on my driving history (thank you Google) and autoplays me endless videos that I know on YouTube without asking me. (And it's usually right for my taste.)
But we still have to do the basics with Google. When searching, we write or say requests high. No robots have swept in yet to replace our curiosity. But give Google a few years, right?
In other technical news this week
Waze, the navigation application used by over 100 million people daily to find the best routes around the city, opened its carpool service to all 50 US after testing in California and Israel. Via the Waze Carpool app, riders can seek elevators from local Wazers or offer their driving services within the main Waze app. The purpose is not to get rich, but getting cars off the road and helping you, the driver, get to work faster by having another passenger to qualify for the carpool course. The rides are a flat rate $ 2 through October and then will be 54 cents a mile.
Microsoft brings Xbox games to phones. Microsoft will soon test new streaming technology to let users play Xbox games wherever they are, also on phones and tablets.
Warner Media, the new AT & Ts entertainment department, which includes the Warner Bros. Studio, Turner TV Network (CNN, TBS, Cartoon and more) and HBO, said it would launch a new streaming service in 2019.  Google said it would shut down the little used Google Plus social network this week as a response to a massive security log. Despite the fact that many people have Google IDs for Gmail, YouTube, and other Google services, Goggle could not join Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to create a popular, robust social network.
We're back from a week in Japan, where we enjoyed checking out the high-intensity eight-storey Yodibashi-Akiba online store. Take a look at our report on the useful, crisp and simply weird gadgets we saw during our visit. And here's our video, shot in crazy TimeWarp super high speed on the new GoPro Hero7 Black camera, of our visit to Yodibashi.
This Week's Talking Tech Podcasts
• Tokyo Tour: Innovations and oddities
• The Speaker War
• Inside the Google New Telemarketer Killer
• Waze ambitious plans to create the carpooling mass market.
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