Google's answer to Siri and Alexa — the Google Assistant — will soon be able to call businesses, make appointments for you and help teach kids to say "please," according to a preview of the new technology.
And it'll do that while sounding more human than ever before.
At its annual developers conference on Tuesday, Google said the new technology is still in development and will be rolled out as "an experiment" in coming weeks.
The technology is being called "Google Duplex" and it will use artificial intelligence to make calls and take care of other tedious tasks.
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Google showed off the tech in two demonstrations: scheduling a hair appointment and a restaurant reservation.
How does Google Assistant schedule a haircut?
In both demonstrations, an automated voice is realistic, almost human-sounding. It used pauses, "umms" and "mmm-hmms."
When a phone or Google Home user asked the Google Assistant to make a hair appointment, and gave it a day and block of time, the assistant responded with, "No problem. I'll make you an appointment and update you soon."
Then, the assistant, using Google Duplex artificial intelligence technology, made all the arrangements, interacting with a person at a business all on its own.
"Hi, I'm calling to book hair appointment for a client," the AI voice said in the demo and then negotiated a time and date for the appointment.
It even said "Mmm-hmm" when the employee asked it to hold.
How does Google Assistant make a dinner reservation?
In the second demonstration, the assistant was able to answer multiple, complicated questions to schedule a restaurant reservation, including asking about wait times.
Google said the Duplex technology is intended for "conducting natural conversations to carry out 'real world' tasks over the phone. The technology is directed towards completing specific tasks, such as scheduling certain types of appointments. For such tasks, the system makes the conversational experience as natural as possible, allowing people to speak normally, like they would to another person, without having to adapt to a machine."
How does Google Assistant teach children to say 'Pretty please?'
The Google Assistant also soon will be able to help teach your children better manners.
Google announced a new feature it called “Pretty Please” at the conference, which will make Google Home devices respond to politer phrasing, including “please” and “thank you.”
And the assistant will use voice recognition to only require those manners of the people in the house you choose. During a brief demonstration on Tuesday, the assistant responded to kids with phrases including: “Thanks for saying please” and “Thanks for asking so nicely.”
The technology is "built to sound natural, to make the conversation experience comfortable," Google said.
"We really want to work hard to get this right," CEO Sundar Pichai said of Duplex during the conference.
You can listen to the assistant using Duplex here.
The Google Assistant is a virtual assistant developed by Google and released in 2016, available on mobile and smart home devices.