Google Doubles Down on Machine Learning, AI

Kicking off Google I/O, its annual developers’ conference, Google announced an array of new products, including virtual assistant and messaging apps powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence. The company launched Google Home, a competitor to Amazon Alexa, due later this year. Like the Amazon product, users will be able to interact with Google Home using “conversational speech,” asking Google Home to “play a song, set a timer for the oven, check your flight, or turn on your lights,” Google said in a blog post. It’s due out later this year. Allo is a new messaging app that also includes the Google assistant built into Home, which you can interact with directly in chats, either one-on-one or with others. “Because the assistant understands your world, you can ask for things…


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