Google Maps Leads About 100 Drivers Into A 'Muddy Mess' In Colorado

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Nearly 100 drivers were recently led astray on a Google Maps-suggested detour near Denver's airport. Nearly 100 drivers were recently led astray on a Google Maps-suggested detour near Denver's airport. Drivers with smartphones these days don't often get truly lost, thanks to navigation services such as Google Maps. But what happened in Colorado is a reminder that even with new technology, some shortcuts can still go very wrong. That's how nearly 100 drivers wound up in a muddy field, gridlocked, earlier this week.


Google workers can listen to your Google Assistant recordings, company admits

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Google officials have admitted that the company's workers can listen to Google Assistant users, and that one of them recently leaked confidential data. A Dutch language expert working for Google to train its speech technology leaked private information in a breach of the company's security policies, company officials said. The disclosure came after Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS reported that its reporters listened to more than 1,000 conversations recorded by the search giant's virtual assistant, including some that revealed identifiable information about the users. "As part of our work to develop speech technology for more languages, we partner with language experts around the world who understand the nuances and accents of a specific language," Google executive David Monsees wrote in a blog post posted on Thursday. These language experts review and transcribe a small set of queries to help us better understand those languages." "We just learned that one of these language reviewers has violated our data security policies by leaking confidential Dutch audio data.


Google Home is ready for longer, more complex conversations

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All the big tech companies are in a race to make their digital assistants sound more natural. For Google, the next step to natural conversation with its Assistant is to eliminate the need to say, "OK, Google" every time you have a request. Continued Conversation will keep the Assistant listening to multiple queries as long as you keep talking and responding. The feature is launching today for English-speaking customers in the United States on the Home, Home Mini, and Home Max, which they can turn on via settings in the Google Assistant app. SEE ALSO: Google's latest assault on Apple proves how far behind Siri really is You still need to say the activation word to begin the conversation with the Assistant, but with Continued Conversation engaged, it keeps listening for 8 seconds after the last interaction to see if you're still talking.


Chatting up your Google Assistant just got easier

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One of the most important things we learn as children is how to communicate with each other. We start with "goo goos and gaa gaas," then on to baby sign language, a few simple words like "momma," and our conversations get more complex from there. For the Google Assistant to have a natural conversation, it should be able to understand when it's being spoken to and should be capable of responding to several requests during an interaction. We're taking another step forward in making your interactions with the Google Assistant more natural with Continued Conversation, available starting today on Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. We've heard from a lot of people that adding "Hey Google" before each follow-up question for the Assistant doesn't feel as natural as they'd like.


Google's New AI-Powered Assistant Can Now Have Real-Life Phone Conversations - TechEBlog

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Google introduced its all-new AI assistant that can now make realistic phone calls to businesses using a human voice, which means you'll soon be able to book a haircut, make a restaurant reservation, etc., by just simply telling it to do so. The technology is officially called Google Duplex, and this demo is currently one of the most sophisticated examples of AI-powered conversations with humans. "Even in the U.S., 60 percent of businesses don't have an online booking system set up. We think AI can help with this problem," said CEO Sundar Pichai. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of detailed Marvel superhero masks that can move.