An ‘Interview’ With Google’s New Digital Assistant

Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit introduced a new digital assistant Wednesday. Bloomberg News put the system through its paces by asking questions, some of which were suggested by AI experts including Oren Etzioni, head of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Other questions were suggested by Google’s Allo messaging service, through which the interview took place. Edited excerpts follow. Bloomberg: What can you do? Machine: Here are some things you can ask for: [followed by icons showing travel, restaurant, events, weather, Q&A, translation, games, news and sports categories, along with “fun” activities like poetry recital and “actions” like setting a timer and an alarm]. Bloomberg: What can’t you do? Machine: I haven’t tested this. But I’m pretty sure I can’t swim [with symbol of a swimmer in water] Bloomberg: Where do…


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