Google building newer, smarter mobile-messaging service

Chatbots, the WSJ explained, are Google’s attempt to apply its deep-learning technology into messaging apps adding the capability to respond to texted questions. There are a number of popular messaging applications like WhatsApp and Messenger services offered by Facebook, WeChat service offered by Tencent Holdings Ltd. Google also has a messaging service known as Hangouts. Back in January 2014, Google acquired the British artificial intelligence company DeepMind for a reported $400 million, after hiring futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil and acquiring eight robotics firms in the year prior. According to anonymous sources, Google plans to integrate the new service with “chatbots” or the software programs that automatically answers questions. Google’s software would then direct users to the most suitable chatbots, similar to how its search function now sends people to…


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