UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Google’s new artificial intelligence product might sound a little too human for comfort.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled the latest AI project called Duplex Tuesday, May 8.
Duplex works with Google Assistant to mimic a human voice to make appointments.
Pichai demonstrated the technology using a pre-recorded phone call at an I/O developer conference Tuesday.
The demo showed just how life-like Google Assistant sounds using Deep Mind’s new WaveNet audio-generation technique.
Duplex sounds so real, it even uses ticks like “uh, uhm” and other catch phrases we humans tend to rely on.
It’s not yet on the market but Duplex sparked online debate about how natural-sounding AI should identify itself.
Google responded Thursday, saying it will design disclosures in the feature to alert people they are speaking with AI.
Google Assistant is the rival to other search giants’ digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.